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Michael Oher talks football, ‘Blind Side’
Joni B. Hannigan, Baptist Press
February 09, 2010
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Michael Oher talks football, ‘Blind Side’

Michael Oher talks football, ‘Blind Side’
Joni B. Hannigan, Baptist Press
February 09, 2010

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Michael

Oher, offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens, missed out on earning the NFL’s

top honor for a rookie, but he made a pitch that Sandra Bullock should win the

Oscar for playing the part of his adoptive mother, Leigh Ann Tuohy, in “The

Blind Side.”

Days before Super Bowl XLIV in South Florida, Oher fielded reporters’ questions

in an informal press conference after a presentation for NFL Rookie of the Year

(ROY) Percy Harvin, wide receiver and kick returner for the Minnesota Vikings, was

cancelled.

Oher, one of five ROY finalists, started every game in 2009, 11 at right tackle

and 5 at left tackle. In his first post-season game against the New England

Patriots Jan. 10, he did not allow a single sack in the 33-14 win.

Photo by Bob Carey

NFL Rookie of the Year nominee Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Michael Oher speaks to the media Feb. 4 at the Media Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., about the honor of being nominated for the award.

Oher said the nomination was an honor.

“Coming from where I come from, it’s been a long road,” Oher said. “To come in

and play right away and to have the type of season I had, it’s been a break for

me and I had a lot of fun.”

The movie, “The Blind Side,” the story of Oher’s rise from poverty and

instability — and his ultimate rise to the NFL — after he was taken in by a

Christian family was a surprise box office hit last year, earning more than

$150 million and an Oscar nomination for its star, Sandra Bullock.

Oher called the movie inspiring, answered a few questions, but made it clear he

wanted to stick to talk about football.

“Sandra Bullock did a great job, and the other actors and actresses,” Oher

said. “It was great.”

The comedic Jae Head, the young actor who played S.J. Tuohy — Michael’s “brother

by another mother” — was another Oher favorite.

“Probably S.J., yeah, he did a great job, that’s my guy right there,” Oher

laughed.

When Baptist Press asked him what his NFL teammates who watched the movie

thought about it, Oher said they told him it was a “great story.” He also

shared that some poetic license was taken with the story.

“It wasn’t me, it wasn’t me,” he laughed.

Pushed to explain, he said the football scenes were off.

“I’ve been playing football since the eighth grade,” Oher said. “I’ve always

started … so I’ve always understood the game.

“I’m a fan of the game.”

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Hannigan is managing editor of the Florida Baptist

Witness, newsjournal of the Florida Baptist State Convention.)