Michael Oher tired of hearing about 'The Blind Side'
By By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun|
Jan 29, 2013 at 9:47 PM
NEW ORLEANS — Over the years, Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher hasn't exactly made it a secret about his discontent regarding how he's portrayed in the movie about his life.
Oher had an extremely rough upbringing, growing up in Memphis, Tenn., with a mother addicted to crack cocaine and a father he never knew. He was homeless as a teenager and in and out of group homes before being adopted by a wealthy family and developing into a blue-chip recruit sought after by some of the top college football coaches in the country.
Oher's inspiring life story was immortalized in a Michael Lewis book that was adapted into a popular movie called "The Blind Side," starring Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw.
Asked about the movie today now that the Ravens are in the Super Bowl, Oher expressed his disapproval about the topic.
"I'm tired of the movie," Oher said. "I'm here to play football. Football is what got me here and the movie, it wasn't me. I always knew how to play football growing up. It was different personalities, stuff like that. Playing football is what got me to this point.
"It was a little different, but I've been through a lot in my life, some rough times. Being here in New Orleans for the Super Bowl is truly unbelievable."
When asked about being portrayed in the movie as lacking intelligence, Oher, an honor-roll student who graduated from Ole Miss, the NFL player bristled again: "I only watched the movie one time. If they did that, it was definitely wrong."
The Tuohy family that adopted Oher remains close to him to this day, a fixture at home and road football games and the team hotel.
"I've got them coming to the game," Oher said. They're still my family."