Former Arizona State wrestling champion Anthony Robles is on a tour for the release of his new book Unstoppable: From Underdog to Undefeated: How I Became a Champion, but he may need to add a new chapter in four years.
Although his Sun Devil career is over and he has already been inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, he revealed in a telephone interview from New York that he might make his return to the sport in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
"The next step would be the Olympics and 2016 would be the way I would do it," Robles said. "Right now I'm just going to sit and focus on the book tour. Once things kind of settle down maybe around summertime, maybe I'll decide then or around then. I'm training lightly on the side so you never know. We'll see. I don't want to commit to wrestling unless I can 100-percent commit."
It was just a year ago when Robles graduated from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and he has already accomplished much in his young career. One thing is for sure; he will always be a Sun Devil.
"I will definitely miss being around ASU," Robles said. "It's kind of nice not having to worry about cramming for exams or cutting weight [for wrestling] and all that. I'm enjoying my life now. I love it and I still try to go back to ASU whenever I can."
His family is helping him carry on the Robles name in the Sun Devil family because he has two younger brothers who attend ASU and his mother works for the university. Robles said his family has been supportive throughout his athletic and professional careers. Even Anthony's brothers are bragging about him around campus.
"It's pretty funny because one of my brothers is a freshman and he was telling people on his first day that him and I were brothers and they didn't believe us. I kept getting these random phone calls from my brother and he was having me talk to his new friends he met on campus just so they could see if the real Anthony Robles had a brother," Robles said.
Whether or not he admits it, Robles is viewed as a hero. He became a motivational speaker to inspire everyone, especially those with similar handicaps. After ten years of hard work and dedication, Robles became the first athlete to win a collegiate national wrestling championship without a limb. In addition, he is a three-time NCAA All-American, a two-time ESPY winner, a Nike sponsor and National Wrestling Hall of Fame athlete.
"I didn't expect to be inducted into the Hall of Fame until at least ten years from now, ten years from winning," Robles said. "I think I'm the youngest inductee. How do you top that in your wrestling career? I couldn't have asked for a better ending.''
Except for maybe a new beginning.