The story of Tony Picard, the 400-pound high school running back from Washington, went viral the past few days after former NFL quarterback Brock Huard tweeted a picture of the high schooler. Since then, Picard has been featured on a number of websites and TV shows.
Though many people think Picard scoring touchdowns and running over much smaller defenders is cool, he’s had his share of detractors. In fact, Picard responded to some of those haters in a thread on ESPN’s SportsNation’s Facebook page about him.
“To the people trying to put me down it don’t bother me I could care less about all the negative comments I’m just doing what my coach asked me to do so that’s why I’m running the ball.and laying nose guard…yeah I’m fat but o well I’m doing what I can….I’m doing what I love and that’s playing football..” Picard wrote.
Why would anyone try to put him down? The guy hasn’t done anything wrong. All he’s done is ball.
Picard was first featured in an article by Dirk Knudsen on Northwest Prep Report on Nov. 1. Knudsen shared that Picard’s high school, White Swan, is on an Indian reservation, and that Picard is part Umatilla-Nez Perce Indian. At the time of Knudsen’s article, White Swan was 8-1 and Picard had scored 15 touchdowns on the season. Per MaxPreps, White Swan is 9-3, though they don’t have individual stats available.
In our original post about Picard, we noted that he is mostly being recruited as a lineman. Below is a cool highlight video of Picard.