By Julie Glass
Penn State kicker Joey Julius has become a folk hero.
He has trended virally on social media sites for his size in comparison to most college kickers, and then for his penchant for big hits on kickoff returns.
Penn State fans nicknamed him “The Big Toe” entering the 2015 season, and some even painted his name across their chests for last weekend’s 29-26 win against Minnesota. Crowds have started standing when he takes the field, and an isolated camera was even placed on the kicker during games in recent weeks.
“Due to my increase in not only weight but also depression and anxiety my team physicians started to notice not only a change in my overall happiness but also my performance as a normal human being. Throughout this whole process I learned a lot about myself. I learned that for the last 11 years of my life I have suffered through a disorder known as ‘binge eating disorder.’”