In the rough-and-tumble world of the NFL, the difference between playing the left and right tackle positions on the offensive line is usually several millions of dollars and a certain amount of prestige.

But for the Ravens' Michael Oher, ceding the left tackle spot to newly-signed Bryant McKinnie and returning to right tackle could result in something even greater: wins and possibly the Lombardi Trophy.

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"I'm a football player," Oher said after the team's 34-31 win against the Washington Redskins at M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday night. "I love being out there. This is my dream, to play in the NFL, and the Ravens drafted me. There's no pride involved. I'm trying to win games. I want to win a Super Bowl. It's no big deal for me to go back to right tackle. I never had a problem with it."

According to coach John Harbaugh, Oher was just as upfront with him and general manager Ozzie Newsome when they talked to him on Tuesday night about agreeing with McKinnie to a two-year contract with a maximum value of $7.5 million (including a $1 million signing bonus)."Michael is about as good a person and as great a team guy as I've ever been around in my career," Harbaugh said after the contest against Washington. "Ozzie and I brought him in, and we talked to him the night before last. He said it before we said it. 'Whatever I need to do to help this be the best football team and the best offensive line it can be, [I'll do it]. All the career stuff can wait.' We're trying to be the best football team we can be, and that's exactly what he said."

The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Oher, the subject of a book titled "The Blind Side" that described his tumultuous journey from the streets of Memphis to being the club's first-round pick in 2009, started 11 games at right tackle and five at left tackle in his rookie campaign.

But when Jared Gaither suffered a back injury during last year's training camp, Oher was switched permanently to left tackle.

Oher said he doesn't anticipate much difficulty returning to right tackle.

"You've got to adjust,' he said. "You've got to play football. You've got to do what the team needs and as long as we're out there on the field and making holes for the running backs and protecting Joe, we'll be all right."

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