Back in 2012, 9 year old Sam Gordon caught the attention and admiration of the country when a highlight video of her slicing and dicing up all-boys defenses in her local Salt Lake City football league. The video made her a mini (no pun intended) celebrity, with appearances on Good Morning America, the NFL Network and with a 2013 Youthee Nomination for Female Athlete of the Year.
When we wrote about her back six years ago was on the cover of a Wheaties box. But she was paper tiger. On tape she truly impressed. Gordon showed great athletic instincts, fearlessness and an ability to get to the end zone. She averaged over 8 yards per carry and almost 2000 yards rushing that season - numbers which were impossible to ignore.
And she made girls football players impossible to ignore in her home state. Three years after she went viral her family leveraged her influence and created the Utah Girls Tackle Football League.
“I was going to a middle school to give a speech about working hard and I asked the question ‘how many girls here would like to play tackle football?’ And it seemed like almost every hand in the room went up,” Gordon said in a video released by the NFL this past weekend featuring her story. “There’s this many girls at this one middle school, how many are there in Utah? In the entire nation? And the world? And next spring, we had a league up and growing." (Fox News)
Gordon popped into the national spotlight again, appearing in the NFL's Super Bowl ad featuring NFL Legends and some of game's most popular current players.
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