Check out the following football statistics:
- 35 touchdowns
- 232 carries
- 1,911 yards
- 8.2 yards per carry
- 65 tackles
These are impressive stats for any player, but they belong to the one and only Samantha Gordon, the 9-year-old pee-wee football sensation from Utah.
Gordon is the starting quarterback of her nearly all-boy team after only picking up the sport this year. Her dad posted a highlight reel of Gordonís first season on the field last week which instantly went viral with more than 2 million views.
Check out Gordon in action:
Gordon isn’t the only female quarterback we’ve seen dominating the field.
Earlier this fall we met Erin DiMeglio, the first female quarterback for a Florida high school. I also recently came across an eighth-grade football player in Texas, Amina Barrett, who is a linebacker for her middle school team where she is the only female player.
Barrett’s coach sees no reason for a girl to be excluded from the sport.
“[With] speed and agility drills, weight training, I see no reason why any girl couldn’t play.”
“Never let anyone ever tell you that you can’t. If this is something that you want to do, you work hard. You put your mind to it. Never give up.”
These three young girls are shattering gender stereotypes when it comes to girls in sports. Girls (just as much as boys) have the right to try new things and be part of a team regardless of their gender. My hope is that one day there will be so many girls playing football that they will no longer be distinguished by their gender, but instead just be players on a team who are celebrated for their skill above all else.
What do you think?
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