Here's what I know about football: Absolutely nothing. (Say it again!) But even I know enough to be jaw-droppingly amazed by 8-year-old Sam Gordon. Out of the 172 kids who tried out for the local pee wee football league, Sam tested the fastest in every speed and agility drill -- like, the FASTEST -- and ended up starting as quarterback, going on to post the following "ridiculous" stats: 1,911 rushing yards, 8.2 ypc and 25 touchdowns. Again, I know nothing about football, and even I know that's amazing. But here's the best part ...
Sam Gordon is a girl -- the ONLY girl to try out for the Gremlins, a boys youth league in Salt Lake City. And did I mention this is her first year playing football, ever?
Not surprisingly, Sam is now getting a lot of attention -- for her remarkable speed and talent, of course, as well as the obvious trailblazing girl football player thing. And of course people are wondering all sorts of things, from how she got interested in the sport to why her parents are allowing their little girl to play such a "dangerous" game. But Sam, who caught football fever when she started watching videos with her dad, has a very simple explanation:
"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."
And there you have it, folks. She thought it would be fun. Why wouldn't you let your 8-year-old try a sport for fun, even if it was an unusual choice?! It just so happens that the girl is a natural. Seriously. Watch the highlight reel -- it looks like Sam is on fast-foward. Kid can run! Check it out:
Happy, talented, physically active kid ... pretty sure those are all good things. Girl, boy, football player, whatever. Right?
What do you think about Sam Gordon being the only girl on her football team?
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