Former Ole Miss OL Michael Oher: 'The Blind Side damaged my career'
His biographical film melted our hearts in 2009, but former All-American Ole Miss tackle and first-round pick Michael Oher says he’s had enough of ‘The Blind Side’ and its false representation leading to struggles at the next level.
Now a member of the Carolina Panthers, Oher’s attributing his recent struggles on the field with the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans to the unfair spotlight associated with the movie. Before, Oher was your ordinary massive blocker protecting his quarterback, but now, Hollywood stardom follows his every move — in this case, after every snap.
“People look at me, and they take things away from me because of a movie,” Oher, a former 2012 Super Bowl champion, told ESPN. 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.
“This stuff, calling me a bust, people saying if I can play or not … that has nothing to do with football. It’s something else off the field. That’s why I don’t like that movie.”
‘The Blind Side’, which grossed more than $255 million domestically, starred Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock as Leigh Anne Tuohy, a wealthy restaurant franchisee from Memphis who became Oher’s foster mother and helped him earn a scholarship to Ole Miss.
A recent ‘routine’ minicamp skirmish with teammate and former Mizzou defensive end Kony Ealy sparked Oher’s outward opinion.
“Offensive linemen don’t get looked at,” Oher said, per ESPN. “Nobody is paying attention to the offensive line. But me? I’m getting watched for everything. I know what type of player I am. Everybody else that I know knows what type of player I am. So that kind of stuff doesn’t worry me.”