ESPN Analyst, NCAA Wrestling
Former Arizona State and NCAA wrestling champion Anthony Robles, now an analyst for ESPN, has never let anything get in the way of his determination to succeed, despite being born without a right leg. Robles won the 2011 NCAA 125-pound title to end a 36-0 senior year at Arizona State and began his work as an ESPN analyst during the 2012 NCAA Wrestling Championship.
After graduating with a degree in business communications, Robles began traveling the country as a motivational speaker, addressing wrestling camps and youth groups. In 2011 alone, he spoke to more than 15,000 high school students.
At ASU, Robles was a three-time All-American, won three Pac-10 titles at 125-pounds and earned NCAA finishes of first place as a senior, fourth as a sophomore and seventh as a junior. Robles was the 2011 Pac-10 Championships and NCAA Wrestling Championships Outstanding Wrestler honoree. That same year he was awarded the Jimmy V Award after previously winning Best Male Performance by an Athlete with a Disability at the ESPYs. He is also the recipient of the 2011 NCAA Best Wrestler of the National Tournament Award, the Juan Antonio Samaranch IOC Disabled Athlete Award and the 2011 NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award.
In June 2012, Robles, at only 23, was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
A graduate of Mesa (Ariz.) High School, Robles was one of the top high school wrestlers in the nation after beginning his wrestling career in the ninth grade. He won the Arizona state championship twice, went 48-0 in each of his last two seasons and capped his career with a 129-15 record.