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Does Michael Oher still talk to the Tuohys? Is he close to them?

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Michael Oher was adopted by the Tuohy family in his youth

Michael Oher's story is one of the most inspiring in NFL history, yet his relationship with the Tuohy family is a subject of significant conjecture.

Having been adopted by the family as a youth, Oher was able to utilize his incredible physical gifts and carve out a career in the NFL.

While his relationship with the Tuohys aided Big Mike significantly, there have been questions about whether they remain in touch. This stems from how critical Oher has been of the film The Blind Side and its impact on his professional career.

Is Michael Oher still in contact with the Tuohy family?

It's somewhat difficult to track the relationship between Big Mike and his adoptive family. As recently as February 2013, the entire Tuohy family was on the sidelines as Oher, and the Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl.

It was the crowning moment of the offensive lineman's career. It was fitting he could spend it with the family that gave him an escape from foster homes.

The Tuohy family set up a foundation called the 'Making it Happen Foundation,' intended to provide hope and improve living standards for underprivileged children.

As part of his own charitable work, the former Carolina Panthers lineman helped with the foundation, although it's unclear if that is still ongoing.

In 2016, Michael Oher was pictured at his sister's wedding, which showed they were still in contact and on good terms.

His adopted mother, portrayed by Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side, regularly posts updates on Instagram, including photos of herself with Oher. The latest updates came on February 2, 2020, although rumors have emerged since then that contact has ceased.

Based on photographic evidence, Oher didn't invite any member of the Tuohy family to his wedding.

When he tied the knot with Tiffany Roy in 2022, none of the Tuohy family were pictured at the event, nor were any of them seen posting congratulatory messages on social media.

While this hasn't been addressed publicly, Oher unfollowed all members of his adopted family on Instagram, and it appears he chose not to invite them to his wedding.

The Blind Side is one of my favorite movies and Michael Oher recently got married and it looks like the Tuohyโ€™s werenโ€™t there. He doesnโ€™t even follow them on IG ๐Ÿ˜”

How did Michael Oher meet the Tuohy family?

After spending a childhood in abject poverty, the former Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle became close friends with Collins Tuohy.

The two met in high school, and Tuohy encouraged her family to try and help her friend by adopting him and giving him a stable home life.

The Blind Side tells the story of how this relationship blossomed and how Oher allowed the Tuohy family into his life, despite the significant problems he had lived with for years.

It would be a shame to see this heartwarming story end in bitterness and a broken relationship, but the film's impact on people through the years has been stunning.

What does Michael Oher do in 2022?

Michael Oher retired with the Carolina Panthers in 2017
Michael Oher retired with the Carolina Panthers in 2017

Having married Tiffany Roy in early 2022, Big Mike is now focusing on a life away from the NFL. Injuries forced him to retire in 2017, and he has been searching for a new purpose.

He has become rather outspoken on social media, especially concerning The Blind Side, which he believes damaged his NFL career.

Oher has amassed a personal wealth believed to be in excess of $30 million. The money came from his salary as a player in the NFL.

Since retirement, he has launched an app called 'Good Deeds,' which allows people to give back to their communities by donating to underprivileged areas in the United States of America.

He volunteers at foster care charities, using his own childhood experiences to try and help struggling youngsters. His own foundation, 'Beat the Odds,' is thriving as it aims to help children like Michael Oher achieve their dreams in sport or business.

Now living in Nashville, Oher is looking to create conditions for children like him to escape poverty and pain. Not every child will have a family like the Tuohys, who will take them in, but Big Mike wants there to be foundations that can provide similar security and access to the opportunity that fate gave him.

It may not be the fairytale ending that people hoped for, considering Michael Oher and the Tuohy family are now estranged. Still, the legacy of their relationship lives on through these foundations, and that's the most important thing.

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Edited by Piyush Bisht
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