Panthers Tackle Michael Oher Posts Picture With Adoptive Parents on Field After Carolina Win

Panthers tackle Michael Oher, whose real-life story was behind the movie ‘The Blind Side’, posted a picture with his parents after the NFC title game win.
Panthers Tackle Michael Oher Posts Picture With Adoptive Parents on Field After Carolina Win
Offensive tackle Michael Oher has started every game for the Carolina Panthers this season. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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“People look at me, and they take things away from me because of a movie,” he told ESPN in June. “They don’t really see the skills and the kind of player I am. That’s why I get downgraded so much, because of something off the field.”

In the movie the Tuohys—a well-to-do Memphis family—take in the homeless high-schooler, but football-talented, Oher for what starts out as a night and turns into an extended stay as the couple becomes his legal guardians. Soon they hire a tutor, Miss Sue (Kathy Bates), to help him get his grades up so he can go to a major university. The now academically-qualified 6-foot-4-inch Oher is suddenly a major prospect and eventually chooses Ole Miss over Tennessee—much to the excitement of Ole Miss fans Miss Sue and Leigh Anne.

Oher goes on to star at Ole Miss before becoming a first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens.

Now seven years into his career, Oher already has a Super Bowl ring from his five-year stint with the Ravens before moving on to Tennessee in 2014 and then Carolina this year. In all the seven-year veteran has started all 107 games he’s played while playing both tackle positions.

Oher says the Carolina players like to pick on Oher about the Oscar-nominated movie—which actually doesn’t bother him. Oher says it helped put him at ease with his new teammates.

Dave Martin is a New-York based writer as well as editor. He is the sports editor for the Epoch Times and is a consultant to private writers.
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