Samantha Gordon

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Sam Gordon
Born Samantha Gordon
(2003-02-21) February 21, 2003 (age 15)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Nationality American
Known for American football abilities
Awards NFL Game Changer Award (2017)

Samantha "Sam" Gordon (born February 21, 2003) is an American football running back from the Salt Lake City area. Her abilities as a football player gained her acclaim when she was nine years old.

In 2012, while regularly playing against all-male teams (competing with some players who were up to twice her size), Gordon compiled 25 touchdowns and 10 extra point conversions on 232 carries for 1,911 rushing yards in a single season,[1] averaging 8.2 yards per carry.[2] In addition, Gordon recorded 65 tackles for the season while playing defense.[3] 2012 was her first year playing football.[4]

On Tuesday, November 6, 2012, Gordon's father uploaded a highlight video to YouTube that by Thursday of that week had generated nearly 5 million views.[5] His recording of her football prowess has garnered attention from various news outlets, as well as the National Football League.[6]

Gordon has stated that she will continue playing football for one or two more years, then switch over to soccer, where her passion for athletic competition really lies. In the meantime, she has appeared on Good Morning America, tackled Marshall Faulk on the set of the NFL Network, huddled up with the San Francisco 49ers at practice, and gained the attention and praise of U.S. soccer stars Abby Wambach and Mia Hamm. 49ers running back LaMichael James and former NFL player, Super Bowl MVP, and Heisman winner Desmond Howard both jokingly stated that she should win the Heisman Trophy.[7] She was featured on a Wheaties cereal box, the company stating that she was chosen because she is an inspiration to young girls.[8] She is the first female football player to appear on a Wheaties box.[9]

Gordon was invited to attend Super Bowl XLVII by the NFL as the guest of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.[10] During the Super Bowl weekend, Gordon was a guest blogger for espnW, performed a skit during the NFL Honors award show with Alec Baldwin, attended the Commissioner's press conference and media day, and watched the game in the Commissioner's suite with high ranking political figures and well-known football personalities.[11] Gordon was also featured in an NFL Evolution commercial that aired during the game.[12]

Following the Super Bowl, Gordon attended the Cartoon Network Hall of Game Awards show during which she won a Game trophy for Most Viral Player.[13]

Sam's football story and the experiences she had following the posting of her YouTube highlight video were the inspiration for the NFL's Together We Make Football contest.[5] Gordon was featured in an NFL commercial that kicked off the contest by asking football fans to share their football stories with the NFL.[14]

With the help of her neighbor, Gordon wrote a book, Sweet Feet: Samantha Gordon's Winning Season, about her football season and the experiences she had following the season, appearing on Conan and Fox and Friends to promote the book.[15]

In 2015, the first known all-girls tackle football league in America, the Utah Girls Tackle Football League, was formed; Gordon was a founding member.[16][17]

In June 2017, Sam and her father joined together with five other Utah Girls Football League players to sue three different school districts in the Salt Lake City area and force them to offer female American football as a varsity sport. The Title IX-based lawsuit was filed June 23.[18]

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  1. ^ "Sam Gordon: nine-year-old female American football player standing out against the boys – video". The Guardian. November 9, 2012. Retrieved November 9, 2012. .
  2. ^ Distant, Daniel (November 9, 2012). "Sam Gordon, Football Star: Litte Girl Outruns, Outscores the Boys". Christian Post. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ Boren, Cindy (November 8, 2012). "Sam Gordon, 9-year-old girl, is already a football star". Washington Post. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ Strauss, Christ (November 6, 2012). "Girl QB torches boys' youth football league". USA Today. Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Calling All Football Fans: Share Your Story". NFL. September 19, 2013. Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (November 8, 2012). "Sam Gordon: Football player, YouTube sensation, girl". National Football League. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  7. ^ Adelson, Eric (November 19, 2012). "Sam Gordon's show is only beginning, but the football part might end surprisingly soon". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved November 20, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Girl Football Star Sam Gordon, 9, Lands Wheaties Cereal Box Cover". ABC News. Yahoo! Sports. November 21, 2012. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
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  10. ^ McManus, Jane (January 3, 2013). "Sam Gordon invited to attend Super Bowl". ESPN. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 
  11. ^ Gordon, Sam (February 3, 2013). "Sam Gordon blogs from the Super Bowl". ESPN. Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Samantha Gordon Super Bowl Commercial: 9-Year-Old Girl Stars in NFL Evolution Ad". Huffington Post. February 4, 2013. Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  13. ^ . Cartoon Network. February 11, 2013 Retrieved November 10, 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ "NFL Together We Make Football TV Spot, 'My Football Story' Ft. Sam Gordon". iSpot. September 20, 2013. Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  15. ^ . Team Coco. October 16, 2013 Retrieved November 10, 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ Deitsch, Richard (2015-05-22). "Sam Gordon helps found first US girls tackle football league - More Sports". Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  17. ^ Adelson, Eric. (2015-05-26) Girls tackle football? Yeah, it's happening - Yahoo Sports. Retrieved on 2015-06-12.
  18. ^ Scheidell, Dora (June 28, 2017). "Sam Gordon, other Utah teen girls sue school districts to play football". Fox 13. Retrieved 12 September 2017.