Sam Gordon’s dad: They ‘thought she was cute until she scored on them’

In just three days, Sam Gordon went from being a nine-year-old who happened to dominate her boys’ youth football league, to receiving national recognition for her impressive skills. LBS was so curious about the young girl that we had to ask her father some questions.

Brent Gordon is Sam’s father, and he is the one who uploaded the highlight video of his daughter to YouTube on Monday. Brent confirmed that Sam is nine years old, not eight like some outlets reported.

Sam played for the Herriman Mustangs in the Gremlin age group of the Ute Conference in Utah. Her team went 6-5, and they lost twice to the same team — once in the regular season and another time in the playoffs.

“Before the season started I had a feeling that Sam would do something special and I wanted to capture that for her to remember the rest of her life since I didn’t think she’d play football for more than a couple of years. I made sure every game was recorded. I wanted to share the video with her friends and family and other supporters. I had no idea it would have such a big response,” Brent Gordon told Larry Brown Sports over email.

Brent says that “Sam is excited that people enjoy watching her play.”

We asked Brent what the reception was from opposing players and parents. What did they think of playing against a girl?

“At the start of the season, opposing players’ parents thought she was cute until she scored on them. The league is very competitive and the players, coaches, and parents really want to win. I heard many parents throughout the season yell out to their kids to play harder so they don’t lose to a girl. I have no doubt that boys played harder against Sam because they didn’t want to lose to a girl,” Brent says.

“After the first few games teams started to game plan for her and a number of coaches admitted to me after the games that their team focused on stopping Sam all week long during practices. Sam’s coach then made some adjustments and her team won four in a row to end the regular season.”

Gordon recognized that football wouldn’t be a sport Sam plays long-term. He says she also is a soccer player.

“Sam will shift from football to soccer in the fall after a couple of years. Soccer isn’t as intense as football at this age and I think some skills and experiences playing football will help her with other sports. Her football team practiced two hours a day six days a week for the five weeks leading up to the start of the season and then three nights a week and a game on Saturday once the season started.”

If Sam is as good at soccer as she is at football — and her quickness and footwork probably translates well to the sport — then it wouldn’t be surprising to see her make some noise on the pitch.

Below is her football highlight video in case you haven’t seen it:

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  • MCBias

    Love that you went the extra mile on this to get the interview, Larry, good work.

  • silverback80

    The first time I saw the video, it was obvious that she’s a tremendous athlete, but she would be limited in football after the boys hit puberty and just naturally get bigger and stronger. My first thought was to let her enjoy football until then, but expose her to other sports for later down the road. It sounds like her dad knew that as well. I’m sure she’ll be a tremendous soccer player because it’s obvious she is a tremendous athlete on the football field.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=2510282 Alan Hull

    This is awesome! I say let her play until she can’t compete. Why not? Why limit her potential. Maybe she keeps playing until high school?

  • Gene

     It would all depend when she hits puberty, which could be considerably before high school.  Once she starts developing curves, it might be tough for her at the bottom of a pile.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KTBWBCR4JWDXPTFAEOX52PWFS4 JR

    you know she sure is fast but if you look at the video…they fast forward the video just to make her look even faster. its like every time she gets the football they speed/boost up the video to make her look like she is even faster but then everyone in the video is fast as well