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Blind Side Family Excited To Watch Adopted Son Michael Oher In Super Bowl

Blind Side Family Excited To Watch Adopted Son Michael Oher In Super Bowl

The Blind Side family had a chance to see their story played out on the big screen, and now they get to watch adopted son Michael Oher in the Big Game.

A few years after the movie The Blind Side was released about Michael’s rise from an at-risk youth living in poverty in Memphis with a largely absent mother to an NFL draft pick, the Baltimore Ravens lineman is preparing to play in the Super Bowl. The game is especially sweet for The Blind Side family, the Tuohy family.

The game is being played in New Orleans, where step father Sean Tuohy went to school with author Michael Lewis, who wrote The Blind Side. The book focused both on Michael Oher‘s life and the rise of strong and mobile linemen to protect a quarterback’s blind side.

That’s not the only connection The Blind Side family has to the big game. Sandra Bullock, who played stepmother Leigh Ann Tuohy, also has a home in The Big Easy.

“And there are people that think that’s a coincidence,” Sean Tuohy told The Associated Press. “How stupid is that?

“We’ve got a huge sign in our garage that says: ‘We believe in miracles,’” he continued. “For other people, it may be hard to understand that. For us, it’s easy.”

Michael Oher said he’s excited to play in the Super Bowl, but doesn’t have great feelings for The Blind Side, the Los Angeles Times noted.

Leigh Ann Tuohy said that she is proud of Michael Oher, but also sad to think that many others who lived in poverty did not get the chances he did.

“To me, when I look at Michael, the only down side of it is, you sit there and go, ‘If someone as immensely talented as Michael Oher, that society pretty much didn’t value, almost falls through the cracks, can you imagine who gets left behind,” Leigh Anne Tuohy said. “So you sit there and go, ‘How many kids are out there that if given a chance can be a Michael Oher.’”

“I’m tired of the movie,” he said this week. “Football is what got me here, and the movie, it wasn’t me.”

Oher said he doesn’t like the way the movie portrayed him as slow, and how he failed to grasp even the basic concepts of football before The Blind Side family taught him.

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12 Responses to “Blind Side Family Excited To Watch Adopted Son Michael Oher In Super Bowl”

  1. Monica Martin

    I guess I looked at the character the movie as thoughtful and contemplating. I guess we all see things differently.

    "Oher said he doesn’t like the way the movie portrayed him as slow, and how he failed to grasp even the basic concepts of football before The Blind Side family taught him. "

    I just never thought he was slow or stupid. I also thought that it showed that learning is never set in stone. You used what you had available to learn.

  2. Janet Winters Deitt

    Michael the learning difficulty in the movie made you a hero to some kids that do have problems. Be proud if it helped even on child to try harder and dream of a better furture.

  3. Ron Constable

    Michael, we all know that Hollywood never tells it like it really is. It's like they are afraid the truth won't sell. As much "artistic license" as they took with your story, the one thing they could not fake or exaggerate was the family's love and commitment to you and your future. It was that love and commitment that encouraged you and made you the football player you became, not the movie. You have been greatly blessed, and the world has been blessed by your story which gives us all hope. Never forget where you came from, and pay it forward! God bless you and keep you strong! GO RAVENS!

  4. Amy Hussmann Mckinley

    How can you post an article with any credibility when you don't know the difference between adoptive parents and step parents? Sorry, but that is pretty basic.