Michael Oher is an offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens, who was selected with pick 23 of the 2009 NFL Draft. The Ole Miss alum has already put together a very solid career and has been a big part of the Ravens successful running game.
Oher is best known for being the subject of the book and movie The Blind Side. The Blind Side is the true story of Oher's turbulent youth, as he grew up in a broken home within the tough projects of Memphis. After a period of homelessness, Oher is taken in by Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy, a wealthy family played by Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw in the big screen adaptation. The movie was a smash hit at the box office, as it took in more than $300,000,000, with Bullock winning the Academy Award for Best Actress. Actor Quinton Aaron played Oher in the highly successful film.
After The Blind Side's release in the fall of 2009, Oher and the real life Touhy family became household names amongst fans of football and Hollywood.
Oher just released a new autobiography titled I Beat the Odds, written with Don Yaeger. The book portrays Oher’s own thoughts and words regarding how he grew up. Oher’s main premise focuses on the idea that “anyone can achieve a better life.”
Above is iFollowSports.com original video of Oher, from a book tour stop at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.
Last Sunday afternoon, Oher shook hands, posed for photos and signed an autographed copy of his new book for anyone who paid for a copy and waited in line. Oher was a very popular autograph, as fans waited for hours just to meet him. Many people who did not even get a copy of his book, still stopped to look and take photos of the inspirational lineman.
Two years after the movie’s release, Oher’s amazing story still clearly resonates with people all throughout the country.