Salt Lake City
The boys can run all they want, but they won't be catching 9-year-old phenom running back Sam Gordon, the only girl in the Salt Lake City pee wee football league.
Sam, short for Samantha, is also the smallest player in the “Gremlins” league, weighing in at less than 60 pounds. Her small size does not seem to be an issue for Sam however. By the end of the 2012 season, she had racked up 1911 rushing yards and 35 touchdowns, an improvement over the mere 25 touchdowns she scored in 2011.
Sam hung up her soccer shoes and decided to try out for football as a way to compete with her older brother, Max. The coaches allowed her to play in a "Sharks and Minnows" game and were amazed by her speed and skill. She competed against 172 other children for a spot on a team in the Gremlin league. During tryouts, Sam scored fastest in every speed and agility drill according to a USA Today report
Coach Chris Staib told NY Daily News:
"She could cut and follow blocks like a college football player."
Sam's father, Brent Gordon, told Yahoo! Sports it has not always been an easy road for his daughter.
"She had a little bit of a struggle. The team lost a couple of games. Since she was the primary ball carrier, she felt a lot of pressure to win. She felt blame for losing."
Sam's football idol is former BYU star football player, Luke Staley, known for his quickness on the field. She chose six as her jersey number in honor of Staley.
Besides being a star running back, Sam plays linebacker as well. She showed no fear when making 65 tackles this season. She is known for even going after a 150 pound opposing player nicknamed "Tank".
Sam told her father:
"Some kids, right before the contact, they stop. I don't. I just hit 'em."