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Thu Feb 23, 2017, 04:27 AM

Why One University of Akron Student Longboards Around Campus Dressed Like Jesus


Joe Gerin likes to longboard around the University of Akron dressed as Jesus.

Fellow University of Akron students called him Longboard Jesus long before he ever donned a white robe and sandals.

"I didn't think it was just me, because other people look like Jesus, too, around campus," says Joe Gerin, a 20-year-old University of Akron student who's currently taking off a semester.

But it turned out it was just him. Anytime Gerin would skateboard or longboard across campus, students would narrate his whereabouts on the social media site Yik Yak, commenting on his long, flowing hair and beard.

The campus-wide notoriety led the university to use him in a Halloween-themed video, wearing a $9 JC costume, in fall 2015. Gerin was hooked after the immediate attention. He began to release more skating videos and started multiple social media accounts to help perpetuate his new moniker, Longboard Jesus or LBJ, same as LeBron James, he points out, a fellow Akron native.

Read more and watch video: http://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2017/02/22/why-one-university-of-akron-student-longboards-around-campus-dressed-like-jesus

[font color=330099]Why? Because walking on water isn't as impressive as it was 2,000 years ago.[/font]

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