Michael Oher “I Beat the Odds”

February 12th, 2011

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If you’ve read Michaal Lewis’ book “The Blind Side,” or have seen the Academy Award-winning movie based on the book, you know about Michael Oher, the virtually-homeless Memphis teenager, who went on to become a college All-American football star and first-round draft pick by the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens. But there’s a whole lot more you don’t know about Michael Oher — and some of what you think you know may be wrong.

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In his book “I Beat the Odds” Oher fills in his backstory — the crack-addicted mother, the nearly-dozen brothers and sisters who often had to fend for themselves, the feared social workers who he now realizes were often reduced to tears in their efforts to help him and his family. And he has a message for the many thousands of other youngsters who find themselves where he was, not that many years ago.

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Michael Lewis “The Blind Side”

October 6th, 2006

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A fundamental change occurred in pro football in America in the 1980s, says bestselling author Michael Lewis. It was when teams began to realize that their well-paid quarterbacks were increasingly vulnerable to punishing defenders like Lawrence Taylor.

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That’s when the left tackle became a key offensive position, to protect the quarterback from being sacked. And it provides the title for Lewis’ new book: “The Blind Side.”

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