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400-pound high schooler dominates at running back

- November 17th, 2013
Tony Picard

Tony “Big Tone” Picard.
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There’s big. And then there’s Tony “Big Tone” Picard big.

At 6-foot-4, 400 pounds, Picard is an enormous human being, let alone teenager.

Put him in the backfield and he’s bound to produce, right? That is what’s happening in Yakima, Wash., this fall.


Picard, a senior at White Swan High School, is tearing up the local loop by attracting as many as five defenders when the ball is in his (presumably massive) hands.

“Most teams will sacrifice five guys to stop him: four linemen and a middle linebacker,” Picard’s coach at White Swan, Andrew Bush, said in an Indian Country Today article about the phenom.

“That leaves three guys on each side to stop the rest of our team. Everything else opens up: our outside running, our play action, and our entire passing game. We average about 450 yards as a team offensively.”

The YouTube video below, posted Saturday, already has an astounding 1.2 million views.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Picard started out his football career as a lineman.

But when Bush caught a glimpse of his sneaky agility, he knew an experiment at running back was in order.

“He was so agile and making shots from way out there,” Bush said. “I said ‘I’ve got to use this somehow.’”

Based on the video evidence, the experiment seems to be working out alright.

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8 comments

  1. scrawny Donnie | November 17, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Big Tone can probably eat more in one meal than I eat in 2 days

  2. 666 | November 18, 2013 at 1:54 am

    Enjoy your short life ending in a massive cardiac arrest buddy

  3. Will | November 18, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Yikes!

  4. Rick | November 18, 2013 at 9:48 am

    He actually is not very good. He goes down very easily. He’ll never make it as a pro. He sucks.

  5. mirjit | November 18, 2013 at 11:39 am

    This is a no brainer, JUST trip him, hes going to go down like the titanic.

    We always stopped the gomers like him by tripping him up. kick his foot into his other foot, stand back and watch him go down hard. FACEPLANT

  6. mirjit | November 18, 2013 at 11:39 am

    just trip him

  7. Doc. Stevens | November 19, 2013 at 8:25 am

    You have an opportunity to be the “Hulk Hogan” or the Andre the Giant of the 21st Century. You’ll require a manager and a federation that cares for you like family.
    Don’t allow the “users” to direct you into basketball or football. Both will ruin your health.
    College first.

  8. Will | November 21, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    To those of you saying “just trip him”, bad move.

    You’ll just take a penalty, and then probably you’ll practically get killed afterwards by his teammates who will be willing to take penalties.

    This is pretty much what happened to anyone who messed with Gretzky, isn’t it?

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