Anthony Trucks: His Journey From Foster Care To NFL Line Backer

Anthony Trucks: His Journey From Foster Care To NFL Line Backer

Episode 42: Anthony Trucks

Anthony Trucks is a proud husband and father of 3, former NFL player, American Ninja Warrior, gym owner, international speaker, author, six figure consultant, and a guy who genuinely loves to improve peoples lives by teaching them HOW to go from surviving to thriving when you Trust Your Hustle.

Anthony was handed away by his mother at the age of 3. Together with his siblings, they would enter foster care system and spend the earliest years of their lives feeling less than human. He experienced physical and mental abuse, starvation, and torture. Before the age of 6, he was placed into a home where he would eventually be adopted 8 years later as the sole black person in a poor all white family.

Anthony’s life has been riddled with ups and downs from the start, and they haven’t slowed down three decades later. He had to sever his biological mother’s rights in person in court at 14 from the stand to get adopted, his foster brother almost died, his foster mom contracted an incurable disease called MS, he got arrested at 17 at gunpoint, found God, earned a college scholarship, found his biological father who didn’t know he existed at 19, had his first son in college at 20, three grandparents passed, one grandparent by suicide, he played in the NFL, and he was cut twice before ending his NFL career due to an injury.

Anthony has always been determined to win in life. He then opened a successful 6 figure gym that he almost lost multiple times, found out his dad DID know about him all those years when he told him at 29 before he passed, and came minutes from taking his own life after his high school sweetheart had a heart shattering affair after they had their second and third children; a set of twins that they almost lost before their birth.

For many people these life issues would leave them broken and unable to function in life, but for Anthony it was the opposite. He’ve fought HARD and come out successful on the other side.

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1 Comment
  • Nathan Seaward
    Posted at 04:53h, 13 December

    What did you think of Anthony’s story?