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Oher lands AirTran endorsement deal

AirTran Airways today announced that Ravens rookie Michael Oher will serve as an endorser of the airline. The offensive tackle will be featured in ads around Baltimore.

Oher, 23, was the Ravens' first round draft choice in the 2009 NFL Draft (23rd overall) after playing at the University of Mississippi. His life inspired the 2006 book "The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game" and the 2009 movie "The Blind Side" starring Sandra Bullock.

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He just completed his first season with the Ravens, who went 9-7 in the regular season, won a wild-card playoff game and were eliminated Saturday in the divisional round by the Indianaplis Colts.

"Michael Oher – a star on and off the field – is a true inspiration that we're happy to have onboard the AirTran Airways team," Tad Hutcheson, vice president of marketing and sales for AirTran Airways, said in a statement. "Oher's dedication to excellence is an attribute that our AirTran Airways crew members also embody."

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Oher joins Ravens teammate Todd Heap and several high-profile sports endorsers on the AirTran Airways' roster, including quarterbacks Matt Ryan and Donovan McNabb; hockey star Ilya Kovalchuk; baseball All-Star Ryan Braun; basketball All-Star Dwight Howard and racecar driver Danica Patrick.

"I am so happy to join the AirTran Airways team," Oher said in statement. "They have been great partners with the Ravens and my teammate Todd Heap and they're also very involved in the communities they serve. I look forward to a long and successful partnership with them."


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