From Underdog to Undefeated: How I Became a Champion
Gotham Books, Hardcover, 9781592407774, 206pp.
Publication Date: September 27, 2012
Anthony Robles is a three-time all-American wrestler, the 2011 NCAA National Wrestling Champion, and a Nike-sponsored athlete. He was also born without his right leg. Doctors could not explain to his mother, Judy, what led to the birth defect, but at the age of five, the one-legged toddler scaled a fifty-foot pole unassisted. From that moment on, Judy knew without a doubt that her son would be unstoppable.
When Anthony first began wrestling in high school, he was the smallest kid on the team and finished the year in last place. Yet Anthony's family and coaches supported his decision to continue, and he completed his junior and senior years with a 96 0 record to become a two-time Arizona State champion.
In college, Anthony had to prove all over again that he could excel. Despite hardships on and off the mat including the temptation to quit school and get a job to help his family when they lost their home to foreclosure Anthony focused his determination and became a champion once again.
Since winning the national championship in March 2011, Anthony has become a nationally recognized role model to kids and adults alike. But "Unstoppable" is not just an exciting sports memoir or an inspirational tale of living with a disability. It is also the story of one man whose spirit and unyielding resolve remind us all that we have the power to conquer adversity in whatever form.
Austin Murphy is a senior writer at Sports Illustrated. He lives in northern California with his wife and their two children.
Jay Leno lives in Los Angeles, CA.
"Unstoppable is an inspirational narrative that captures the essence of conquering fears, breaking down barriers, and never letting one’s dreams be shattered. This is truly the American spirit.”
“I am inspired by his courage… [Anthony] is a reminder of the amazing things that can happen when we don’t give in; when we hang on for just a little longer than our bodies and minds are telling us to.” —Jay Leno, from the Foreword
"Unstoppable is a really touching and absorbing account of Anthony's journey. I've really enjoyed the way he's taken me there to share it with him. This is a great book!"
"Anthony Robles beat the odds by becoming unstoppable on the mat and in life. He's an inspiration."
—Michael Oher, author of the New York Times bestseller I Beat the Odds
“Unstoppable is filled with passion, empowerment, hope, and encouragement. Anyone who reads this book will walk away with a sense of self-motivation to go out and accomplish their dreams.”
—LaDainian Tomlinson, former NFL running back and Most Valuable Player