The Mesquite Pee Wee Football Association, in Mesquite, Texas, has ruled that 297-pound, 6' 1" Elijah Earnhardt, 12, is too big to play, reports KDFW-TV.
The Mesquite Pee Wee Football Association says that any seventh-grader weighing more than 135 pounds is banned and suggested that Earnhardt play at his school.
Earnhardt told MyFoxDFW.com: "I don't want to play in school right now because it's people that's had experience and I want to get some experience first and then start playing."
"I just want to play because my teammates are my friends, I know them. I don't want to go play for somebody else I don't know."
His mother Cindy Earnhardt is protesting the decision with signs that read "Let Elijah Play" for friends to take to games.
She told MyFoxDFW.com: "For him to come home and just cry and go to his room and say, 'I give up,' I'm not going to let him give up. This is his dream. This is what he wants to do. And I'm going to make it happen."
Earnhardt's Pee Wee coach, Marc Wright, claimed that there are several players within the league who are over the 135-pound limit.