A 12-year-old football player from Fort Worth, Texas, Jeremiah Johnson, has gotten people debating on social media over his age due to his physique and size.
The athlete went viral on the internet after a picture of him with moustache and a tattoo surfaced online following the 2022 Youth National Championships over the weekend in Miami, where he was crowed MVP.
Johnson, whose team, Dallas Dragons Elite Academy (DEA), emerged winner of the championship game, was pictured holding the trophy that reads, “12U Division 1 Most Valuable Player.”
However, the picture has since sparked thousands of reactions from netizens who doubted his age and questioned why he was allowed to play with the Under 12 division when he clearly looks older than 12.
In a trending clip where he was asked about his age, Johnson confirmed that he is indeed 12-years-old.
Despite the confirmation, many have refused to believe that he is 12-years-old, including one NFL pro.
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Some netizens even went as far as digging up a picture of Johnson and his father taken in 2020, and expressed shock at his growth rate in two years.
Meanwhile, a woman, believed to be Johnson’s mother, Shana Evans, took to Facebook to shut down the naysayers as she revealed that her son is 12.
Evans wrote: “Before I lay down I just want y’all to know…. my baby going viral. These folks is going in… SO…. Yes he’s on 12U (he meets ALL of the requirements. No the tattoo isn’t real (duh). Yes the goatee is tho.”