Girls ruling in football isn’t exactly something you hear everyday, if ever. Samantha “Sam” Gordon (a.k.a. Sweet Feet) changed all that two years ago at a mere nine years old when she gained global acclaim for her not-so-girlie abilities. The beautiful and talented Gordon turned the predominantly male football world upside down as a QB on a Salt Lake City, UT recreation league – she played against all-male teams with most players being twice her size. Her stats: 25 touchdowns, 10 conversions on 232 carries for 1,911 rushing yards in a single season, averaging 8.2 yards per carry. She also played defense and recorded 65 tackles.
Amazingly, 2012 was her FIRST YEAR to play football.
Her father uploaded her highlight video on YouTube and it went viral, generating nearly five million views in two days. The news media picked up on it and it also captured the attention of the NFL. Subsequently, Sam was invited to appear on ESPN, the Ellen DeGeneres show, and her photo landed on a Wheaties Box. She gained recognition at the Super Bowl, appeared on Good Morning America, huddled up with the 49’ers, was on the NFL Network with Marshall Faulk… I could go on and on.
The little dynamo’s football story was the inspiration for the NFL’s Together We Make Football contest. She was featured in an NFL commercial to kick off the contest by urging football fans to share their football stories. And if all of that wasn’t enough, she wrote a book, Sweet Feet: Samantha Gordon’s Winning Season.
The female phenom took the 2013 season off to focus on soccer, but missed football so badly that she returned to the gridiron this year… SHE’S BACK and SHE’S STILL RULING. The girl’s got skills and she’s not afraid to take big hits!
Her latest highlight video:
Keep it up Sam – GIRL POWER!