Basketballer to barbecuer

Former TU athlete-turned-restaurateur enjoys giving back.



Anthony Fobbs at his restaurant, Big Anthony’s BBQ.

Evan Taylor

Anthony Fobbs has come a long way after enduring a rough start in life in the less affluent section of Fort Worth, Texas.

“I’ve been an ‘overcomer’ most of my life,” he says.

The restaurant owner and former University of Tulsa basketball player first gained notice as a multi-sport athlete at Fort Worth Southwest High School.

During Fobbs’ senior year, TU Head Basketball Coach Nolan Richardson and Assistant Coach Scott Edgar visited Fobbs and pledged to help him get an education.

“I asked him (Richardson) to put that in writing,” Fobbs says. “He came back the next day with the letter that included everything we talked about. I signed it and never looked back.”

Once in Tulsa, Fobbs adapted quickly to TU’s up-tempo game made famous by Richardson.

“We played a ‘run-and-gun’ style in high school, so I was used to the way TU played,” Fobbs explains. “That made the transition so much easier.” 

While perhaps not a superstar, Fobbs was nevertheless a key component in TU’s impressive run of four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.

Fobbs defends Wayman Tisdale of the University of Oklahoma as the University of  Tulsa upsets the Sooners, 104-69, at the Tulsa Convention Center on Jan. 9, 1985. University of Tulsa Athletic Department.

His contributions often came in ways that could not always be measured. Blocking out an opponent’s top rebounder, setting screens for teammates or putting the clamps on an opposing team’s big man all helped TU claim many victories.

“I always seemed to play better against good big men,” explained Fobbs, who at 6 feet 10 inches and 235 pounds made for an imposing presence in the paint.

Fobbs also scored a career high 23 points against Oral Roberts in a crosstown rivalry at the Mabee Center.

After college, Fobbs continued his basketball career by competing internationally. Playing in Mexico, Argentina and Australia provided Fobbs opportunities to see the world.

“I met some amazing people and saw sights that I would never otherwise get to see,” he says.

Bad knees finally forced him to hang up his sneakers and return to Tulsa. 

A variety of jobs, including working for a flight simulator company, painting houses and mowing lawns, left Fobbs somewhat unfulfilled.

He started dabbling in a favorite childhood pastime — cooking barbecue.

“My grandfather was a sharecropper in east Texas, and he would also smoke lots of meat,” Fobbs says. “I would help him and my dad with the fire and grill. When I was about 9 or 10 years old, they handed me the fork and spoon and simply told me to ‘run the pit.’”

Fobbs gradually learned the finer points of grilling, often providing food for his church, the Broken Arrow High School band and football teams and TU Lettermen events.

Encouraged by his friends, Fobbs entered several local barbecue competitions, such as the Bixby BBQ and Blues Festival and The Art of BBQ and soon found himself winning awards and gaining recognition for his culinary skills.

After much soul-searching, Fobbs and his family decided to take the big step and open his own restaurant, Big Anthony’s BBQ. 

Wife, Kimberly, daughter Alaiszia and son Anthony Jr. all help at the restaurant when they can. Going into its fifth year, the business is seeing more patrons than ever.

Community minded, Fobbs coaches boys’ and girls’ Amateur Athletic Union basketball teams. He also served as a referee and assists in area summer camps. He often speaks at the Tulsa Boys Home and helps young culinary students develop their skills through a partnership with the Tulsa Job Corps.

“All this keeps me grounded,” Fobbs says.

 

Big Anthony’s BBQ

8151 E. 21st St., 918-561-6227, www.biganthonybbq.com

 

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 ORU offers a wide variety of summer camps from basketball camp to swimming camp for all ages. For a schedule and list of options visit ORUCES.com/camps.

Cost: Prices Vary

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK  74171
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Telephone: 918-495-6000
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Legion LIVE! 2018 is a day-long event filled with live music on two stages, broadcast live to troops around the world! FREE and open to the public, the event raises much-needed funds for the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
American Legion Post 1
1120 E 8th Street
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: American Legion Post 1
Telephone: 918-809-3745
Contact Name: Kasey Rideout

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This annual FREE new home showcase is presented by the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa and sponsored by Samsung Electronics.  This year’s event will feature more than 150...

Cost: FREE

Where:
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Sponsor: Samsung
Contact Name: Nathan Carter

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Crossing borders are central Consuelo J. Underwood’s artistic practice. In this exhibition inspired by land, politics, and spirit, Underwood speaks to her individual understanding of borders...

Cost: Free

Where:
108 Contemporary
108 E Mathew B. Brady St, Tulsa, OK 74103
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Telephone: 191-889-56302

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Break the rules of conventional museums at the third annual Please Touch the Art exhibit. Mark your calendars for the opening reception Friday, June 1 from 5 - 9 p.m., in conjunction with the Tulsa...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
McKeon Center for Creativity
910 S. Boston Ave.
TCC Metro Campus
Tulsa, OK  74119
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Sponsor: McKeon Center for Creativity
Telephone: 918-595-7339
Contact Name: Cindy Barton

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The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) hosts a Swing dance and lessons  The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) is the only UNESCO recognized dance organization in Oklahoma.  We are a 501c3...

Cost: $7

Where:
Community Center - South Minister Presby Church
3500 So Peoria
1/2 west of Peoria, on 35pl behind the church
Tulsa, OK  74102
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Sponsor: The Ok Swing Syndicate
Telephone: 918-450-691
Contact Name: Rita Robbins
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Opera in the Ozarks, the nationally acclaimed summer music festival and training program for top emerging opera professionals, celebrates its 2018 Season from June 22 to July 20 with nearly...

Cost: $25

Where:
Inspiration Point
16311 Hwy. 62 West
Eureka Springs, AR  72632
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Still I Rise is a dramatic dance-theatre presentation incorporating all elements of Bharatanatyam, some elements of yoga, theatre, spoken word and music. The performance exemplifies the example of...

Cost: $15

Where:
Tulsa Performing Arts Center
110 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: South Asian Performing Arts Foundation
Telephone: (918) 625 6037
Contact Name: Mohan Kelkar
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Shades of White is a play written by Ilan Kozlowski and directed by Rebecca Ungerman.  For mature audiences.

Cost: $18-$20

Where:
John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa PAC
110 E. Second St.
Tulsa, OK  74103
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“Sovereignty” comes to Tulsa for a reading

Monday, June 18, see a staged reading of the buzzed-about new play by Oklahoma native Mary Kathryn Nagle.

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QUIZ: Which Tulsa Mural Fits Your Personality?

Tulsa has a plethora of colorful, vibrant murals! But which one should be the backdrop for your next selfie?

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Video: BA Ninja Warrior

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The Fabulous Mid-Life Crisis

The popular cover band is scheduled to bring the good times (and huge crowds) to Summer's Fifth Night in Utica Square on June 7.

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When you’re 4, everything is super

From the editor: Here's to a super-duper June, Tulsa!

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