Former Arizona State standout wrestler Anthony Robles had quite a 2011. Robles became a national champion wrestler for ASU, appeared on the "Tonight Show" with Jay Leno and Robles' victory in the NCAA Championships was voted as the best highlight of the year on "Sportscenter."
Robles, 23, is now back home in Arizona and has major plans for 2012 and beyond.
Robles spent most of 2011 on the road as a motivational speaker, traveling around the country telling his improbable story from being born with one leg to a single mother to being crowned an NCAA Champion. Robles spoke to companies, halfway houses and sports teams, including the Oakland Raiders.
Robles was honored at the 2011 ESPN "ESPY" Awards as the recipient of the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance, named after the late Jim Valvano. He received a standing ovation from the entire crowd including: Aaron Rodgers, Amar'e Stoudemire and Matt Kemp.
Recently, Robles was spotted working out at his alma mater with his former team. Although Robles' college career is finished, he hasn't closed the door on wrestling. He may be able to remake himself into a freestyle wrestler and could attempt to qualify for the 2016 Olympics.
Robles is taking Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes and is interesting in mixed martial arts and the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
In the mind of Anthony Robles, anything is possible.