Back in Super Bowl, Oher no longer blindsided by movie

Wed Feb 3, 2016 8:35pm EST
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By Steve Keating

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Michael Oher's life story was made into a Hollywood movie seven years ago but the Super Bowl-bound Carolina Panthers offensive tackle says he has only watched it once.

Fortunately film critics thought more of "The Blind Side" than Oher, who despite the subject matter could not give the feel-good sports drama two thumbs up, saying only "It was OK."

The life of an NFL offensive lineman is one of anonymity unless they do something wrong, spent in the football trenches engaged in hand-to-hand combat protecting the team's biggest asset - the quarterback.

But Oher's inspiring journey from poverty to what will be a second Super Bowl appearance on Sunday when the Panthers take on the Denver Broncos, has lifted him from obscurity.

"I always tell people that everybody has a story, mine just got told," Oher told Reuters. "Everybody probably has a worse story than I had.

"Mine just got told. I'm fine with that."

To the bigger world outside the NFL, Oher's life story is better known than that of either of the star players in Super Bowl 50, quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Cam Newton.

In "The Blind Side," a homeless black teenager is taken in by a wealthy Memphis family who introduced him to football, a sport that helped him to attend college and ultimately become a first round NFL draft pick.   Continued...

Offensive Tackle Michael Oher after being selected by the Baltimore Ravens as the 23rd overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.  REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine