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9-Year-Old Girl Impresses On the Football Field

9-Year-Old Girl Impresses On the Football Field

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.”

Barrett agrees.

“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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7:51AM PST on Dec 31, 2012

Thank you Ximinea, for Sharing this!

10:00AM PST on Dec 6, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

6:33AM PST on Dec 4, 2012

It's not that adults discourage you after you start blooming. It's that after puberty the higher testosterone of males puts women/girls at a disadvantage in a sport like football where strength counts a lot. That said, I have mixed feelings on this. First, during high school the strength differences are often not yet pronounced or apparent. However, I've seen some really big guys play on hs football teams. There is a very good chance that a girl would get seriously hurt. Then again guys in football get hurt all the time. So as long as they fully understand the risks, maybe it's ok at high school level. Certainly not at college or pro levels though, sorry.

9:25AM PST on Nov 30, 2012

Well said, Charli.

10:08PM PST on Nov 27, 2012

I did many things boys did AFTER I developed breasts. You simply tape them down. Actually the best day of my life was hen I had a breast reduction ( from a 48DD to a 34C) I joined the Army (with my big breasts) and was one of the 1st women to serve in an all Male Brigade. I found that if I taped them down they didn't get in the way and made my life easier. I had to fight to do what every other member of the unit did. I went out to the field (after much arguing), served guard duty, CQ, etc. Before I joined I had done mountain climbing, skydiving, survival skill courses (funny how men respect you once you eat bugs and "icky" things and don't faint when you cut open your leg on a sharp nail stuck in a tree and have the presence of mind to use a sewing needle (something most me don't carry) to close the wound. I still carry the scar proudly. Hopefully this young woman will follow her dreams no matter how unconventional they are. Her parents are great for encouraging her. Someday statements about boy and girl things will no longer apply.

9:55PM PST on Nov 27, 2012

Up until puberty most girls are equal on the playing field with boys. It's only when we start "blooming" that we're put at a disadvantage by well meaning adults.

1:14AM PST on Nov 27, 2012

Awesome :) Thanks for sharing.

4:27PM PST on Nov 26, 2012

Well, I doubt whether ANYbody should be playing football, especially that young, in the light of head & brain injuries affecting cognition, if not now then later in life...
that said, and agreeing with those anti-football posts here...
STILL, that kid was AMAZING to watch! SO fast, one wonders whether the film has been speeded up - then you see the other kids!
Actually, this is the ONLY time in my life, I have ever ENJOYED watching football at all... I just don't see the point, or get the "thrill" of all that body contact.
I agree with another poster, maybe this AMAZING young woman, could use her skills in other, less dangerous sports.
[And what happens, if in adolescence, she develops breasts that could be hurt by these tackles... seems strange. At 9 she might be "equal", physically... but, later?]

5:57AM PST on Nov 25, 2012

can she carry this untill highschool? that would be amazing

3:42AM PST on Nov 25, 2012

well done!

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