Michael Oher's Influence On Football

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“Football is like life - it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.” Vince Lombardi, a coach of the Green Bay Packers once said when talking about hard work. Michael Oher had all 6 of the traits lombardi mentioned, and that is what helped him get to where he is now. The NFL. When Oher was swimming in the pool of poverty, he had never expected the “life raft” that was thrown his way… The Tuohys. When Michael Jerome Oher Jr. was born to a drug-addicted mother and father who was frequently in and out of prison, his future looked bleak. However, with some help from his guardians, his future took a turn for the better.

He was born on May 28th, 1986, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was one of 12 other children, and he was in foster homes and the
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By the time he was in high school, his grades were good enough to get into Briarcrest Christian School, where he was shown sports such as football, basketball, and track. Football was really the only suitable option for the 315 pound manchild.


The Tuohys were Oher’s biggest influence. Sean, Sean Jr., Leanne, and Collins Tuohy helped oher through school and with their support, he got through college at Ole Miss. He was a 16 year old when he was living in the Tuohys He was an all pro high school football player, and was All American in college. Imagine coming from having just pennies and only a few outfits to going through college and being an All-American football player. This is Just one of the many things that show how Oher persevered through his life.

When Oher was 3 years in at Ole Miss after being first team All-American twice and winning the Jacobs blocking trophy, he decided to declare to be in the draft. He was taken 23rd overall by the Ravens and he played there for 5 years. In his time at the organization, he helped the Ravens win a Super-bowl, the greatest honor in football

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