YouTube lands 9-year-old football sensation on Wheaties box
The 9-year-old girl whose football moves electrified YouTube has now run all the way into the history books. Wednesday morning, Utah's Samantha Gordon became the first female football player to ever see her face on the cover of a Wheaties box.
The tough little tyke—a running back, quarterback, and special teams ace who goes by "Sweet Feet" because she can "stop and go and juke and [is] really fast—learned about her distinction while in New York City to appear on the set of Good Morning America.
Upon seeing the GMA crew unveil the box cover, the pee-wee superstar from South Jordan, Utah, smiled and said, "That's awesome.
Gordon then appeared live on ESPN's SportsCenter to talk with anchor Hannah Storm about what it was like appear on the front cover of a cereal box.
Gordon juked and stiff-armed her way into Internet stardom earlier this November when a four-minute highlight reel on YouTube showed her running over, around, and through a series of overmatched opponents.
The clip, which posted onto the video-sharing site via a number of sources, has since been since more than 1.5 million times.
"It's kind of surprising, the amount of attention it's gotten," Matt Hines, the president of Gordon's football league, told Silicon Valley's Mercury News. "I saw the original [video] and didn't expect much. The next thing I know, holy smokes."
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