A 400-pound running back named Tony "Big Tone" Picard, who makes his high school competitors and teammates look like little-league football players, has become a sensation as clips of him smashing through defensive lines and barreling down the field have gone viral.
According to the North West Prep Report, the 400-pound, six-foot-four Picard
plays running back and nose guard for White Swan High School in Yakima, Wash., where this season he has rushed for more than 570 yards and scored eight touchdowns.
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"It’s so much fun to have him go out [on the field] as a captain and see him shaking hands before the game," White Swan coach Andrew Bush told Indian Country Today Media Network
. "They’re just kind of staring, like ‘Oh my gosh, you’ve got to be kidding me!'"
Picard, who is part Umatilla-Nez Perce Indian and part Sioux Indian, is currently a senior and says he hopes to be able to play college football after he graduates this year.
"Yeah I want to play college football it is my dream. I hope I can go the next level," Picard told the North West Prep Report. "People say that (I'm too big) but I try not to let it get to me."
While his size is an asset when playing high school football, it can be a disadvantage as a running back when faced with considerably larger opponents in college football where it will make him more of a target if he is not athletic enough to overpower them and gain yardage.
According to Picard's coach however, Picard is faster than you would expect and "so agile."
And when he is not rushing the ball himself, the massive running back will often serve as a decoy, distracting the other team's defense to "make a path for the smaller guys to score," Picard said
"Most teams will sacrifice five guys to stop him: four linemen and a middle linebacker. That leaves three guys on each side to stop the rest of our team," Bush told Indian Country Today Media Network. "Everything else opens up: our outside running, our play action, and our entire passing game. We average about 450 yards as a team offensively."
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