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Why Michael Oher was not happy with the Blind Side

Michael Oher's NFL career has been extremely motivating. Prior to becoming a success in the league, he had to overcome obstacles and tribulations. He was included in Michael Lewis' 2006 novel The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game.

The novel did an excellent job of depicting Oher's life, and it was a film that deserved to be realized. The motivational sports film, The Blind Side, depicted Oher's ascent to stardom as an NFL player and was released in theaters in 2009 .


The sufferings of Michael Oher and his family are well shown in the film. Oher, a 17-year-old homeless kid, was adopted by Leigh Anne Tuohy and her family in Tennessee.

His foster mother recognized and supported his football abilities, which helped him land an offer from Ole Miss at the University of Mississippi. He later participated in NFL games with the Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens.

Blind Side was a commercial success and won the hearts of millions of people all over the world. But how did Michael Oher react after watching the movie?

In an interview with ESPN, Oher said that he didn't like the film because it adversely damaged his football career. He also explained why he was so drastically "downgraded" as a result.

"I'm not trying to prove anything. 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. That's why I get downgraded so much, because of something off the field."

He also discussed the movie in his 2011 autobiography, I Beat the Odds, in which he said that he was more outgoing than the character in the movie. He also says that he knew more about football before the Tuohys entered his life.

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How many seasons did Michael Oher play in the NFL?

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In 2014, Oher played for the Tennessee Titans for a year before switching to the Carolina Panthers for the next two campaigns. In 2016, Oher started only three games due to injuries and was later released by the Panthers, which saw the end of his NFL career.

Since his retirement, he has been helping kids achieve their dreams through his organization, Beat The Odds. He created the app when Nashville was struck by tornadoes in 2020.

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