White Swan Monster Running Back Tony Picard Biggest in Nation

by Dirk Knudsen | Posted on Friday, November 1st, 2013
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Folks there are big kids and there are big kids.  And boy have we seen some Monsters coming out of the Northwest lately.  But this one right here might just take the cake.

White Swan is a small school in the  Simcoe / Cascade Mountains on the Yakama Indian Reservation (Yakama Nation)  in the State of Washington.  The Cougars are a 2B team.  A Small town and small school football for sure.  But that does not mean they are not up to really big things.

Tony Picard is 6'6" and 400 lbs.  At tiny White Swan HS he is the biggest running back in the United States!

Tony Picard is 6’4″ and 400 lbs. At tiny White Swan HS he is the biggest running back in the United States!

The Cougars are having quite a season and are playing well as a team owning an 8-1 record .  They may be able to make another good play off run this year from the looks of it.

One of the reasons for that success is a really big one.  His name is Tony Picard and he is a running back for White Swan.

Tony is a mammoth 6’4″-400 lbs and is the biggest running back in the United States at any level.  He is part Umatilla-Nez Perce Indian and says he has some Sioux Indian blood too.   He plays nose guard as well as Running back.

Such a big kid has to have a nick-name right?

“They call me Big Tone,” he offered.

The pictures tell the tale.  He is heavy, sure, but the kid is also athletic and it is taking several players to bring him down.  Tony has rushed for over 700 yards and has a boatload of Touchdowns; 15 to be exact.

“Yes … I do have a lot of fun! Football is a way a life for me it’s in my blood and it takes quite a few to bring me down,” said Tony.

The Cougars use a number of offensive weapons and he is biggest one.  In fact he would be the biggest weapon in the NFL or NCAA too.   He and the Cougars are wrapping up the season tonight and have the State Title in mind.

“We have been to the playoffs since my Sophomore year and we are looking forward to that again this season.”

Tony is not someone you want to take on yourself on defense!

Tony is not someone you want to take on yourself on defense!

What about College Football?  Is that something he wants to pursue?

You Bet!

“Yeah I want to play college football it is my dream…I hope I can go the next level,” Tony replied.

Ok so let’s be honest.  He is so big it might be viewed as a blessing and/or a curse.  Has that been a factor for him?

“People say that (too big) but I try not to let it get to me.”

Great attitude.  Tony is one of the few true big men who has had a shot to take that rock over the goal line and celebrate and bask in the glory of a Touchdown. Does the big man have a TD Celebration Dance?

“No I just score and take care of business; no celebration until I have that state trophy in my hands.”

He plays beside his younger brother who he credits for being a big part of the success of this team.    Albert is 5’8″ and 155 lbs.  Quite a tandem those kids make!

Despite all the “naming” controversy going on Nationally for teams that use Indian and other ethnic names Tony is unphased.  He has no issues with the use of such names at all and understands the naming is meant as a source of strength and power.  I get that and agree with him as my own heritage is being used, the Viking, and we love it.  Smart minded politically savvy young guy here!

Tony says he is an easy going big man and that he enjoys getting along with everyone!  What a terrific kid to get to know; we love a good story and a good big man.  And Tony is sure a great example of of both!

We wish the White Swan Cougars safe travels and much success in the weeks ahead and hope they and Tony have many games left to play!

UPDATE:  Catch Part 2 Of Our Stories On Big Tone and See His Amazing Film Here

BIG TONE PART 2 – Even Better Film Of the Big Man Doing His Thing

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Dirk is a lifelong resident of the Pacific NW; athlete and Merit scholar. He runs camps, clinics, and has been a sports writer and analyst for nearly a decade now; mostly with Rivals.com as the editor of OregonPreps and WashingtonPreps.com. Dirk is the founder of NWPR & BrainChampions.org; a charity for injured athletes suffering from Brain Trauma / Concussion. He is a father of three and married.

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  1. […] The Biggest story of the year on NWPR was literally the biggest story of the year.  400 lb running … […]

  2. Truth says:

    Not impressed. My brother Jacob Kimmell from portland high school in Michigan has 2X more yards and 5 or 6 more tds… In one season and he loweres his shoulder and it takes multiple guys to take him down. 5’11 185 lbs. has he been looked at even though they won states? No. And won’t be because he is not a rediculous size in a rediculous position. In the NCAA and NFL if he is to make it that far you would be a tackle. Maybe a nose. But a running back? Not a chance, unless you wanted a very short football career.

  3. […] According to the Northwest Prep report, Picard “is part Umatilla-Nez Perce Indian and says he has some Sioux Indian blood too.” His nickname: Big Tone. […]

  4. Timmuh Enderle says:

    I’m 6’5 and over 400 lbs and loved playing high school football. I wish Coach would’ve let me play RB, you’re a lucky man!

  5. docjambeats says:

    I’d make him fumble.

  6. tmcneezy says:

    WHERE IS THE VIDEO?!?!

  7. jesse says:

    I look forward to seeing him in the NFL!! I hope the patriots pick him!!

  8. […] kid is also athletic and it is taking several players to bring him down,” as noted by the Northwest Prep Report.  Picard “is part Umatilla-Nez Perce Indian and says he has some Sioux Indian blood […]

  9. we need some highlights of the big fella trucking some LBs

  10. Morgan McDonald says:

    Great story and positive writing, thanks!

  11. cartsocks says:

    Honestly not to be an ass but id just full on dive at this kids knees until he couldn’t run anymore. Winning is winning.

  12. Alec says:

    Sorry to crush anyone’s hopes and dreams, but he is too big and immobile to be a running back at any level other than high school or d2 college, if that. He could make it as a D-linemen if he shed about 60 pounds of fat and added 10-20 pounds of muscle. I don’t know how good of shape the kid is in, but going 3 or 4 quarters as a starter in high school is much different than any high level college. Not saying he couldn’t be a great player, but he is going to have to make some fundamental changes.

    • Katie says:

      Have you considered the extra help he would get for the things you mentioned when he goes to college? High schools don’t usually have the resources to really work with their players when it comes to nutrition and things like that. Instead of being negative, maybe you should say “Way to go! Keep working hard and enjoy what you are doing!” Maybe he won’t ever be on a top rated teams roster in college or in the NFL. Have you thought that maybe he just loves to play? Instead of criticizing maybe positive words of encouragement would go much further.

    • bigyaz says:

      Maybe he just wants to have fun playing football. Not everyone is playing for college scholarships or has NFL dreams. Don’t be a jerk.

      • Andrew says:

        Alec wasn’t being a jerk, he was stating what he believes to be true. There’s a difference between insulting and critique; his post was the latter. He could be completely wrong, but that does not make him a jerk. Alec didn’t make any inferences as to whether or not Picard plans on moving on to other leagues, so don’t use that as leverage to demean his opinions.

    • Peter says:

      I think you should consider the fact that at 6’4″ he’s a beast. His body knows how to carry a lot of weight, which is different from the guys that have to work hard to put on the weight necessary to play on the line. At 6’4″ and almost 400 pounds, he’s running the ball and getting used to trucking people. while he’s in high school. I’m a big LSU fan, and I’d love to see us sign this young man as a potential tight end/ JC Copeland type fullback. LSU’s a program with great strength training and explosiveness-building training. Not on here to lobby for a particular school, but the kid will be a beast at the right college. He’ll have the opportunity to develop the skills to be a great pro. RUN BIG MAN RUN! Now show me that you can catch the ball a little :)

  13. […] Folks there are big kids and there are big kids. And boy have we seen some Monsters coming out of the Northwest Lately. But this one right here might just take the cake.  […]

  14. Dchizel says:

    So many people are being rude because of how he looks but think of this one amazing former “big man” in the NFL that made a big impact running the ball “fridge” he was a beast.
    People ask why people grow and start to hate people it’s because all the people who make dumb remarks about what they look like “examples , like their weight , their hair , face , muscles/lack of , so on”. Who says he has no muscle for all you know he has a lot of muscle but you’re to rude or ignorant to think of that because of how he looks , any team we sign him in both college and the pros. This from what so many people talk about and make very rude and hurtful comments has made me lose faith in the human race I’m not saying you can’t I’m just saying think before speaking/typing. How would you feel if you switched places? Now think he probably has had a hard time growing up which I could understand somewhat since I myself am not a small kid I am a big guy but at least I don’t judge people , or make them feel bad. If people want to say rude things to people who are big well they can say the same to all the small/ unhealthily small people.

    • dirkknudsen says:

      Love this! Thanks Brother- I love people- It is sad people don’t get it. Big Tone is a real person living a real life!

  15. dirkknudsen says:

    Here is the thing folks. He is not a Running Back. He knows it and he admits it. He knows he is heavy and that he will need to work hard and be a linemen and all. But Damnit he is doing his thing right now and LOVES IT! He plays Nose guard and some O line too. But he can bend and move and the young man has a spirit that is Strong! That is why I am allowing some comments on her to at least discuss what is being said. Most of it, 90 %, is positive. To see someone go for their dreams and put them selves out there like that and help their brothers win a game is amazing! Tony is super and he is inspiring people. Believe me he does not care what any of you doubters are posting. Right now the Cougars have a game to win! Good luck boys!

  16. JP says:

    Easy with the exclamation poiints

  17. nobody says:

    For you nasty commenters out there, there’s a big difference between big men and little men, and I’m not talking physically. For those that gotta tear a kid down, wow, you’re insecurity is showing! Real men, adults, ones who have lived life and have some experience, know that this high school fun is short lived. So let the kid enjoy it now! For the rest of you, grow up.

  18. nobody says:

    Honestly, that pretty much qualifies you as being an ass. This story isn’t about you. And diving at the knees is dirty. You’d want to hurt a guy for life over a game? How old are you?! You’re a little man, little minded. If you couldn’t win a game on your own athletic ability and had to stoop low to win, well, dirty is dirty.

  19. Kevin Gibson says:

    What would be there record if he was not playing.

  20. da guy9 says:

    This kid would crush your brother like a twig

  21. Patrick Ames says:

    It is Yakima. Good try though.

  22. Patrick Ames says:

    ITS YAKIMA! WHY WOULD YOU NOT ALLOW THAT POST MODERATOR? IS IT BECAUSE YOU ALSO WROTE THE ARTICLE? YAKIMA NOT YAKAMA.

  23. Patrick Ames says:

    It is Yakima. Yakima. Yakima.

  24. dirkknudsen says:

    And the film is out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0X9WwxzZ8E4 Way to go Big Tone!

  25. ShieldsCW says:

    His nickname should be “The White Swan Monster”

  26. […] to Northwest Prep Report, Picard is a running back and nose guard for White Swan High School in Washington who stands 6′ 4″ and weights 400 pounds. Dubbed “Big Tone,” […]

  27. […] to Northwest Prep Report, Picard is a running back and nose guard for White Swan High School in Washington who stands 6′ 4″ and weights 400 pounds. Dubbed “Big Tone,” […]

  28. […] to Northwest Prep Report, Picard is a running back and nose guard for White Swan High School in Washington who stands 6′ 4″ and weights 400 pounds. Dubbed “Big Tone,” […]

  29. […] to Northwest Prep Report, Picard is a running back and nose guard for White Swan High School in Washington who stands 6′ 4″ and weights 400 pounds. Dubbed “Big Tone,” […]

  30. […] to Northwest Prep Report, Picard is a running back and nose guard for White Swan High School in Washington who stands 6′ 4″ and weights 400 pounds. Dubbed “Big Tone,” […]

  31. […] to Northwest Prep Report, Picard is a running back and nose guard for White Swan High School in Washington who stands 6′ 4″ and weights 400 pounds. Dubbed “Big Tone,” […]

  32. […] kids are destined to play football like Tony Picard. Known as “Big Tone”, the 6’4″ high school student is 400 pounds of tough football-fighting power where he plays as […]

  33. […] ball as well, as his White Swan Cougars make a run towards a state title this month. Check out the Northwest Prep Report for some amazing videos of Tony in action. Of course, with VidSwap you don’t need a 400-pound […]

  34. […] Northwestreport – Folks there are big kids and there are big kids. And boy have we seen some Monsters coming out of the Northwest lately. But this one right here might just take the cake. White Swan is a small school in the Simcoe / Cascade Mountains on the Yakama Indian Reservation (Yakama Nation) in the State of Washington. The Cougars are a 2B team. A Small town and small school football for sure. But that does not mean they are not up to really big things. Tony Picard is 6’4″ and 400 lbs. At tiny White Swan HS he is the biggest running back in the United States!  He is part Umatilla-Nez Perce Indian and says he has some Sioux Indian blood too. He plays nose guard as well as Running back. Such a big kid has to have a nick-name right? “They call me Big Tone,” he offered. […]

  35. […] Real-Life “Breaking” Madden” Character. “White Swan Monster Running Back Tony Picard Biggest in Nation” by Dirk Knudsen at Northwest Prep […]

  36. […] According to Northwest Prep Report, big Tony Picard is the running back for the White Swan Cougars 2B football team on the Yakima Indian Reservation. Picard, the biggest running back in football on any level, carried the team to an 8-1 record as the team’s nose guard and running back. […]

  37. […] for his prospects at the next level, Picard told Northwest Prep Report that it’s his “dream” to play college football. Further adding to his unique […]

  38. […] 6’4″ and 400 pounds, Tony Picard of White Swan high school in Washington is considered to be the largest running back in the nation […]

  39. […] who plays for White Swan High School in Yakima, Wash., has reportedly rushed for more than 700 yards and 15 […]

  40. […] 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 […]

  41. […] Tone” aka Tony Picard of White Swan, Washington.  The 400 pound running back was featured in our story on November 1st, 2013 and within a few days that story had hundreds of thousands of reads and over 250,000 people shared […]

  42. tobythetiger says:

    God bless him what ever he decides to do with he’s life….

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