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Michael Oher

Michael Oher was born on May 28th, 1986 in Tennessee. He is currently 32 years old. He was an offensive tackle for the Carolina Panthers, a team from the National Football League.

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Oher comes from a large family of 11 siblings. His mother’s name is Denise Oher. His mother led a tragic life of drug addiction and alcoholism. His father, Michael Jerome spent most of Oher’s childhood in and out of jail. Oher did not have a typical childhood education. He attended eleven different classes by the age of 9. He repeated the first and second grade. He received special attention from his teachers because of his parents’ erratic and unpredictable behavior.

He was sent to various foster homes when his parents were unfit to care for him. He was even homeless at one point in his life. When Oher was a senior in high school, he received news that his father was murdered in prison.

Michael started his passion of football when he was a freshman at a public high school. He pursued his path by applying for admission to Briarcrest Christian School. He was supported by Tony Henderson who was an auto mechanic and used to provide food and shelter to Michael from time to time. Michael’s freshman coach assisted with his application and submitted it to Briarcrest Christian School.

The headmaster of the school agreed to accept Michael’s application under the condition that he had to complete a home study program. Even though Michael failed to complete the program, he was still granted admission because he was removed from the public school system. He was coached by an offensive line coach named Freeze Hugh. In 2003, he was named as Lineman of the Year for Division 2A.

In 2004, Michael was invited by Leigh Anne and Sean Touhy to live with them and their children. They eventually adopted him into their family. They also hired a tutor for him to teach him for twenty hours a week. He received football scholarship offers from various colleges. In the end, he decided to accept a scholarship from the University of Mississippi where he would be playing for the Ole Miss Rebels football team.

His decision sparked an investigation from the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The NCAA wanted to investigate why he had a low GPA when he accepted the scholarship offer and if his new adopted family had a pre-existing relationship with the university. The case was eventually settled later.

He wrote his autobiography I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness to The Blind Side in 2011. There was also another book about his life released a year earlier which was co-authored by the Touhy family and titled In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving. Although a lot has been said about his football career in various books and online content, none of his biographies talks about his personal life. There is no information about his married life or any children. His current estimated net worth is around $20 million.

In 2006, he was the subject of Michael Lewis’s book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game. The book was adapted into a feature film directed by John Lee Hancock. The movie was released in November of 2009. Even though the film was a major box office hit, Michael believes it had a negative effect on his career, "I'm not trying to prove anything. People look at me, and they take things away from me because of a movie. 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. This stuff, calling me a bust, people saying if I can play or not ... that has nothing to do with football. It's something else off the field. That's why I don't like that movie.''

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Last Modified : Jun 25 2018