A 12-year-old kid is causing everyone on social media to call ‘cap’ on his age since he looks at least 10 years older than he is.
Jeremiah Johnson is a running back and defensive end for the Dallas Elite Academy Dragons 12 & Under Football squad, who are coincidentally national champions for their age bracket. Jeremiah himself is a four times youth Heisman winner and won the MVP of the national championship game - as you’d expect, just look at him.
His photo with the MVP trophy is the pic that went viral and sent social media, including a pro-NFL player, into a spiral. In the pic the 5ft 11 (1.8 metres) 198lbs (89.8kgs) Johnson is holding the massive trophy with his tattooed left arm (his mother would later say the tattoo is fake) while sporting a grimace complimented by a moustache.
That moustache and tattoo combo was the main evidence used by those doubting his age, but the man really is just 12 years old. An Instagram photo he posted two years ago shows a much more age-appropriate-looking Jeremiah, even though he still has the faintest of moustaches.
His mum, Shana Evans wrote in a Facebook post: “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," as reported by The New York Post.
The Twitter reactions to Jeremiah’s age were gold.
NFL running back Tyreek Hill tweeted that there’s no way he wants his kid to be on the same field as Johnson, saying:
“If that 12-year-old really 12 my son not playing football, these kids just built different,” he tweeted.
Another parent said that if Jeremiah took down his kid during a game of football he’d have to take action himself.
“If this man tackled my 12-year-old son I’m running on the field,” they wrote.
Other people inevitably whipped out the ‘fake ID’ used in the Adam Sandler movie ‘Benchwarmers’ as well as the ‘you at least 30’ scene from ‘Bad Boys II’.