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Oher points out biggest complaint about "The Blind Side"

Michael Oher pointed out his biggest complaint about the box-office hit "The Blind Side" while promoting his book Tuesday night – he always knew how to play football.

The movie showed Leigh Anne Touhy explaining blocking to Oher and S.J. (the younger brother) showing him plays by moving ketchup bottles around.


"That's not true," Oher said on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight. "I prided myself on sports. Growing up, that's all I really had. I had nothing else. That kind of stung a little bit. Hollywood is Hollywood."

Oher's new book "I Beat The Odds" tells his version from growing up in the rough part of Memphis to being adopted by the Tuohy family as a teenager. His life has been documented in Michael Lewis' 2006 book, "The Blind Side," which became a hit movie in 2009 starring Sandra Bullock as Leigh Anne Tuohy.


In publishing his book, Oher gets a chance to deliver his message to children living in poverty like he once did.

"You don't have to be saved by a wealthy white family," Oher said. "You can do it on your own. It is possible. All you have to do is believe and come across the right people and find that confidence."

Oher once again thanked the Tuohy family for all the help over the years, but he said he could have made it out on his own.

"The road would have been a little bit tougher," Oher said. "Growing up since I was 13, I said I was going to get out. I really didn't have to be an athlete. I could have been a fast-food worker or janitor, working two or three jobs to support myself and my family in the future."

He also revealed that he doesn't maintain a relationship with his birth mother, who has battled a drug addiction all of his life.

"After you try to help a person for so long, they have to want to help themselves," he said. "You beg and plead and cry. But at the end of the day, a person has to help themselves. You don't want to give up on anybody. You pray all the time and hope that works. But after you try for so long, a person has to want to help themselves."

The interview ended on an unexpected note when Morgan asked Oher if he felt that Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick deserved a second chance.

"People mess up all the time," Oher said. "Michael Vick surrounded himself around the wrong people and you have to be careful with that. He's redeemed himself. If you give someone a second chance, look at what happens. The guy came back and had an unbelievable season. That's all it takes just like the Tuohys gave me a second chance."


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