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"The Blind Side" Michael Oher's message for kids

Michael Oher of the Baltimore Ravens is a heckuva football player, but he has really become famous through "The Blind Side", a movie that recounts his rise from a childhood of homelessness. The movie is a dramatization of Michael Lewis' book, which includes an analysis of pro football's financial impact and Oher's crucial role as quarterback protector at the tackle position.

It's nice to see Oher helping out kids in similar circumstances, as he did Monday at the Arrow Child and Family Ministries in Parkville, where he met about 70 children. He was accompanied by Leigh Anne Tuohy, his adoptive mother who was portrayed in the film by Sandra Bullock. According to The Sun's report, Oher acknowledged that he was at a loss for words when asked to speak to the students at a microphone. "Years ago I never dreamed of coming to a place like this, seeing jerseys with my number on the wall," he said. "I know you guys are going through some of the same things. … Keep fighting, keep overcoming adversity."

I expect him to deliver the same message -- more powerfully -- in the memoir that he's now writing with Don Yaeger. "I Beat the Odds: My Amazing Journey from Foster Care to the NFL and Beyond," is scheduled for a February release by Gotham Books. Yaeger has had a hand in books about UCLA coaching legend John Wooden, N.Y. Mets pitcher Tug McGraw and Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton.

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