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Nine-year-old girl football star Samantha Gordon tackled Marshall Faulk on Sunday NFL Gameday

Nov 19, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT


A nine-year-old girl is possibly the most celebrated football player at any level right now, so it’s official: girls rule. Samantha Gordon is in the midst of a media blitz: she’s run around and through all the boys in her Salt Lake City youth football league, and then took the Internet by storm when her dad posted her highlight video on YouTube. On Sunday the NFL jumped on the bandwagon, as Sam visited the set of Sunday NFL Gameday to meet Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk and Warren Sapp.

Sam, who has scored 25 touchdowns for her Gremlins Division team this season, added one more in a demonstration with Sapp trying to defend (not much of a challenge for the kid, actually). Then they flipped Faulk the ball and Sam showed her tackling technique: how many nine-year-olds can say they tackled Marshall Faulk?

When asked what the boys say when she tackles them, Sam said: “They don’t say anything. They just kind of get up and walk away.”

Video here.

Later Sam got to attend 49ers practice in Santa Clara (they’re meeting the Bears on Monday Night Football) and meet the team, including coach Jim Harbaugh.

Brandon Marshall is also a fan:


And so is Desmond Howard.

They call her Sweet Feet in football, but that’s not her favorite nickname. She’s known on the soccer field as Mini Mia, after her idol, Mia Hamm. Yep, Samantha has also been invited to Phoenix on Nov. 30 to watch the U.S. Women’s National Team practice. Sam’s father, Brent, says she’ll play football for two more years and then concentrate on soccer.

  1. myopinionisrighterthanyours - Nov 19, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Agree with Brandon. Not sure about the Sweet Feet nickname, though. Maybe twitter can come up with a better one for her. Awesome kid. Rick, you really need a submit a story thing like PFT and CFT have. Anyway, I know you like things like this. There is a debate as to whether Josh Freeman actually gets it between his legs, or outside his right one. Even if outside, though, it’s an awesome pass and has to get between the defenders leg and arm.

    Via SB Nation

  2. patrickkeenan91 - Feb 20, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    More impact than Tiger from a cultural, athletic and gender evolution view point, just not obvious due to different time arc and communications… loved where on one of the NFL interviews she was on they asked her if football was her favorite sport and she said no…