High School Football Player is a 400-lb Running Back

How do you stop a 400-lb running back rushing at you? The answer is simple: you don't.

Meet Tony Picard, a White Swan High School senior from Yakima, Washington, who may just be the biggest running back in the history of football. Picard, who at 6'4" and 400-lb is even bigger than famous football player William "Refrigerator" Perry of the Chicago Bears, started out as a lineman, but he was faster than one expected.

White Swan coach Andrew Bush once saw Picard play basketball and realized that the teen was agile in spite of his size. Bush switched him to running back and gave him a simple instruction: don't fumble.

"It's so much fun to have him go out [on the field] as a captain and see him shaking hands before the game," said Bush to Jack McNeel of Indian Country, "They're just kind of staring, like 'Oh my gosh, you've got to be kidding me!'" Bush added that most teams will sacrifice five guys to stop Picard, which left the rest of the White Swan team open to make plays.

Read the rest over at Indian Country - via Bleacher Report

Photo: Tony Picard

Update 11/17/13 - The video clip:


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A couple of things concern me about this. One is that there's a high school student who weighs 400 pounds.

The other thing is that opposing coaches are going to tell their players to try to tackle his legs rather than hitting the upper-body. That's going to mean an increased chance of knee injuries.
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