Michael Oher says 'The Blind Side' has hurt his NFL career

Michael Oher hasn't had an easy go of it since leaving Baltimore.

Oher started every game for the Ravens for five seasons, but in 2014 the team declined re-sign the 23rd overall pick in the 2009 draft.


He started 11 games for the Tennessee Titans last year, but again wasn't invited back. He's signed a two-year deal with the Carolina Panthers and is projected to start at left tackle, yet questions persist about his effectiveness.

That's a lot of uncertainty for a player who was the star of "The Blind Side," the Michael Lewis novel-turned-Hollywood hit. But what made the offensive lineman out of Mississippi a household name has also complicated his career, Oher told reporters on Wednesday.


"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," Oher reportedly said. "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. ... That's why I don't like that movie."

Truth be told, he hasn't liked it for a while. Oher told The Baltimore Sun in 2013 that he was "tired of the movie."

"Football is what got me here and the movie, it wasn't me," Oher said. "I always knew how to play football growing up."