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Update on Sam Gordon, the girl running back who absolutely owns the boys in her youth football league

Nov 7, 2012, 12:38 PM EDT


On Tuesday we told you about Sam Gordon, whose dad posted a YouTube highlight video of her running through, over and around all the boys in several youth football league games (video below). Here’s an update with a generous helping of new details.

Sam is from the greater Salt Lake City area, according to USA Today, and plays in the Gremlin Division (mostly nine-year-olds) of the Ute Conference.

According to her father Brent, who posted the video, there were 172 kids in her district who tried out for a Gremlin team. During tryouts, Sam tested the fastest in every single speed and agility drill. Gordon ended up starting at quarterback for her team, which only called running plays.

Sam posted this recently on a BYU message board:

My story about #6 Luke Staley

I’m a girl and I played football this year. I usually play soccer and I thought it would be fun to try to play football.

My dad showed me videos of Luke Staley before the season and he said Luke Staley was really fast and I wanted to pick a fast number so I picked #6 too. My coach is a BYU fan and I told him I picked #6 like Luke Staley.

We didn’t know it but Luke Staley was a coach of a team we played. My coach told him that I was a BYU fan picked #6 like him. He got my address and sent me a letter with his football playing cards. We played his team again in the playoffs and I got to meet him after the game. I was really excited to meet him and he was really nice. His team won.

My dad is a BYU fan and said I should let BYU fans know how nice Luke Staley was to me so he helped me do this.

Here’s my football video:

What do you think about my story? I have to go to school in one hour. — SammyGirl.

Plus, how can you not love a ref who wears shorts and a hoodie?

  1. manchestermiracle - Nov 7, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Wow. Most of those kids are bigger than her, but she’s got a motor, good vision, can break tackles, and the rest she just flat outruns. Check out some of her tackles on defense. She obviously likes to hit.

    Wonder how much longer before girls like this move up the ladder into high school and college. We’ve already got high school kickers. And the game face. Love the game face.

  2. manchestermiracle - Nov 7, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    The story doesn’t mention siblings, but I gotta believe she’s got at least one she’s had to run from. This is from experience, I have four sisters.

  3. thraiderskin - Nov 8, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    I just love the name of their division, the Gremlin division.

  4. mckeld76 - Nov 8, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Great little running back. Too bad they don’t have football teams, like they do soccer, hockey, basketball, etc etc. for girls. Unfortunately as she grows older things will change for her. Football gets increasingly rougher and I would be surprised if her frame could take the abuse. It is the 21st century – time will tell – please prove me wrong.

  5. clickablecontent - Nov 9, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    This reminds me of the appearance Tiger Woods made on the Mike Douglas show when he was around 5. Who knows, maybe by the time she’s older, there will be more women’s football. Joke as we might, that lingerie football league has some serious players and could lead to something that involves real uniforms and real oppportunity. Otherwise, I love that she plays soccer. Maybe we’ll see her tearing up the wing for my favorite women’s national soccer team. Hopefully, the WPS will grow by then. I’d buy that jersey.