High School Player with Down Syndrome Disallowed: Brett Bowden, a student with Down syndrome, has been suiting up for the Hobbton (N.C.) High football team. He leads the team onto the field, roots them on from the sidelines and runs a touchdown play after every game. He even scored an actual touchdown once. This year, he's been disallowed because he recently turned 19. "A student must be eligible to be dressed for a contest," said North Carolina High School Athletic Association Commissioner Davis Whitfield. "This State Board of Education policy is one we are not allowed to set aside." More than 50,000 people have joined Let Brett Bowden Play on Facebook.