Samantha Gordon, 9, on Wheaties box

Nov. 22, 2012 at 12:56 PM
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NEW YORK, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- A 9-year-old Utah girl whose football highlight reel went viral on YouTube has advanced to another level of fame, getting her picture on a Wheaties cereal box.

Samantha Gordon of Herriman, Utah, rushed for more than 1,900 yards and scored 35 touchdowns with her Gremlin League team near Salt Lake City. She became an Internet sensation after her dad, Brent Gordon, posted her highlight reel.

The video has collected more than 2 million hits and Samantha wound up as a guest on "Good Morning America" two weeks ago.

She was back on the show Wednesday for the unveiling of a custom-made Wheaties box with her picture on it. The first female football player ever to achieve that distinction, she said it was "awesome."

In an appearance on ESPN, she said her favorite thing about playing football with boys is "being the girl out there and to be scoring on the boys and the boys to be like, 'Dang it, I just got beat by a girl.'"

In addition to being featured on network TV, Samantha's newfound celebrity has given her the opportunity to have a catch with members of the San Francisco 49ers during one of their practices.

She says she likes soccer better, though, and has two nicknames on the soccer field -- "Mighty Mouse" and "Firecracker."

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