During Sunday's Super Bowl game, many may have wondered who the young female in the NFL commercial was. 14-year-old Sam Gordon stood out as the only girl player in the commercial staring numerous football legends from Joe Montana to Peyton Manning.
For those who weren't aware of who she was, is the winner of the NFL's Game Changer award.
According to the NFL, "Gordon and her father, Brent, launched the Utah Girls Tackle Football League – the first all-girls tackle football league. It was an immediate hit – doubling in size after its first year – and inspiring similar leagues in Indiana, Georgia, and Canada."
Impressively, in less than just one day all the available spots for girls wanting to play football had been filled. Now, over 400 female athletes are included in the league.
Gordon had been playing football since she was nine-years-old. She had been excelling on the almost all-boys league when, fast forward a few years, she wanted to continue playing football but there was not a league where she could play. That is when Sam and her father knew they needed to make a change.
“I was going to a middle school to give a speech about working hard and I asked the question ‘how many girls here would like to play tackle football?’ And it seemed like almost every hand in the room went up,” Gordon said in a video released by the NFL this past weekend featuring her story. “There’s this many girls at this one middle school, how many are there in Utah? In the entire nation? And the world? And next spring, we had a league up and growing."
“Sam is a game changer because she is shining a light on football so that girls can feel that ‘I’ve been wrong, I have a seat at the table and I was born with that right,'” her father said.
Since her success, she is now working on developing an all-girls football team at the high school she attends.
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