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Girls playing football what the heck

Posted by on Nov. 8, 2012 at 12:17 PM
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I like to read the yahoo news and I seen one and I wanted to see what you guys think.


Sam Gordon scored 25 touchdowns in her first season of tackle football. (Courtesy of Brent Gordon)

It started as a way for an 8-year-old girl to keep up with her big brother.

Sam Gordon just wanted to run with the older kids. The coaches in the local tackle football league figured, hey, why not? Maybe they could turn it into a drill: Who can outrun Max's little sister?

They were shocked to find the answer: no one.

Sam Gordon, now 9, became one of the fastest kids this Salt Lake City area "Gremlins" league had ever seen. They put her in drills and she outran boys two years older. They allowed her into the "Sharks and Minnows" game and stared in awe at not only at her speed, but her ability to move like a tailback.

"She could cut and follow blocks like a college football player," says her coach, Chris Staib.

Staib hatched a plan: His team was drafting seventh out of nine. He wanted to pick the girl. So he started talking her down, suggesting she would get hurt. The other coaches bought it, and with his first selection he chose Sam Gordon.

"You dog!" they howled.

Staib just laughed. Sam ended up running for 25 touchdowns and 10 conversions (no PATs at this level) in her first season playing tackle football. She earned the nickname "Sweet Feet" – a modern-day Rudy Huxtable – and a breathtaking viral video in which she looks so fast that you have to wonder if it's real.

"Oh it's real," says Staib. "That's her. I was there for all of that."

It may be real, but is it appropriate? This is a 9-year-old girl playing against bigger, stronger boys. She even had a trainer who put her through agility drills and plyometrics. Gordon is not even 60 pounds, and there's a kid on her team who weighs more than 150. (His nickname: Tank.) In an era of concussions and frequent ACL tears, it's fair to ask: What are the adults thinking?

Sam's dad, Brent, admits his daughter had an adjustment issue at first. "She had a little bit of a struggle," he said Tuesday in a phone interview from his Idaho law office. "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."

His solution was the video, telling Sam not to worry about the end result but rather each play. "Get me some highlights," he told her. He says it helped.

And what about the tackling? There are some fairly vicious hits on this video.

"I started her out in soccer at 4 years old and we would play out in the yard," Brent explains. "And my son's friends were pretty aggressive and rough. She could really handle a lot of the physical play. There were some games where she'd fall down and just keep going. She would get kicked in the face, kicked in the gut and just keep going."

Sam Gordon (Courtesy of Brent Gordon)Staib doesn't hesitate when asked about the hitting. He says Sam loves to tackle and even goes after Tank whenever she gets the chance. He's not worried. Brent says only once did Sam get shaken up from a hit. She came out of the game, rested for a few plays, then returned to score a touchdown.

"Some kids, right before the contact, they stop," Sam told her father. "I don't. I just hit 'em." "That's not something I taught her, "Brent says.

A lot of people won't accept a 9-year-old girl playing tackle football, and perhaps with good reason. But it seems Sam loves it. Her dad and coach say she has no hesitation about coming back for another season. And her dad admits he's overwhelmed with pride, even though (or maybe especially because) he was no star athlete.

"With Sam, I keep questioning myself," he says. "Am I trying to make it something it's not because I'm her dad? I asked my brother, 'OK, am I just being a crazy dad here? Or is this really cool?' "

Maybe it's a little of one and a lot of the other. But what started as little Sam trying to keep up with her brother is now dozens of older boys trying to keep up with her.

by on Nov. 8, 2012 at 12:17 PM
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Aydans_Mommy
by Ruby Member on Nov. 8, 2012 at 12:18 PM
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I say more power to her. If its what she wants why not? Girls should be able to play football too.
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MicheleJM
by Platinum Member on Nov. 8, 2012 at 12:20 PM
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If my girl wanted to play IDK.  It wouldn't be because of her sex I discourage my boys too.  It would be because of the potential of injuries.  The coach would have to be good.  So the decision for her to play is not based on sex it's based on the professionalism and training of the coach and the league.

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by on Nov. 8, 2012 at 12:20 PM
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I said other, and here's why: If she's a capable young lady who is good at it, and can hold her own, then absolutely. If she's all "captain america before the juice" and is puny and bad at it, no, she would have to work hard to make herself ready before I'd let her.

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momdoes
by Platinum Member on Nov. 8, 2012 at 12:20 PM
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I admit, I didnt read all that but GO HER!!!!!!

I remember many moons ago, I was about to enter high school and I wanted to try out for the highschool football team. All of my cousins, boys and girls, made fun of me in every which way, so I didnt do it. I bet I wouldve wow'd them all!!!!!!

christina0607
by on Nov. 8, 2012 at 12:21 PM
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At that age sure, and I think its great for her.

However there will come a time when she can not play football, no matter how bad she wants too. So I hope her parents are preparing her for that and I hope she is playing other sports as well, so she can fill that space when that time comes.
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Dawn12345
by on Nov. 8, 2012 at 12:21 PM
If that's what she wants to do.
jhslove
by on Nov. 8, 2012 at 12:22 PM

I would at that age, because at 9 years old girls and boys are often similar in size and strength.

When she gets older, and there's a more significant difference in strength and build, and a much more significant chance of a serious injury in a position like QB or running back, I think I would be more cautious. It would probably depend on the position.

Aydans_Mommy
by Ruby Member on Nov. 8, 2012 at 12:22 PM
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Yep same thing in my high school too.

Quoting _WC_Mama:


Quoting Aydans_Mommy:

I say more power to her. If its what she wants why not? Girls should be able to play football too.

Yeah I agree,I remember in high school there was a girl on the boys wrestling team...

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_WC_Mama
by on Nov. 8, 2012 at 12:22 PM


Quoting Aydans_Mommy:

I say more power to her. If its what she wants why not? Girls should be able to play football too.


godsgirl26
by ♥Char2theMaine♥ on Nov. 8, 2012 at 12:24 PM
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Girl should not play football. I wish women/ girls will stop trying to do any and everything men/ boys do.
Let the boys have their sport gah.
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