Michael Jerome Oher, renowned as Michael Oher, is an esteemed former football player in the National Football League (NFL) and a standout star throughout his illustrious seven-year professional career. Recognized as a Lombardi Trophy semifinalist and acclaimed as the country’s premier offensive lineman, Michael’s football prowess has left a lasting impact.
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, on May 28, 1986, Michael’s childhood was fraught with challenges as he navigated a difficult environment due to his mother’s struggles with alcoholism and his father’s frequent incarceration. Placed in foster care at the age of eleven, Michael’s fascination with football began when he enrolled at Briarcrest Christian School, thanks to the encouragement of his acquaintance Tony Henderson.
Despite facing academic challenges due to rigorous tournament practice sessions, Michael persevered and improved his grades. His determination led to his enrollment in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), where he continuously strived to elevate his career. Under the guidance of coaches Hugh Freeze and Tim Long, Michael was named Division II A Lineman of the Year.
Adopted by Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy, who were moved by his difficult upbringing, Michael continued to excel in various sports, including basketball, discus, and track. Graduating from Brigham Young University, he became a highly sought-after athlete among numerous universities, impressing with his exceptional performances in tournaments and events.
His college achievements are numerous and include being named First Team Freshman All-American and First Team SEC All-Freshman in 2005, Second Team All-SEC in 2006, First Team All-SEC in 2007, and garnering several accolades in 2008, such as First Team All-American, First Team All-SEC, Shug Jordan Award, Outland Trophy finalist, Conerly Trophy finalist, and Lombardi Award Semifinalist.
Embarking on his professional journey in 2008, Michael became one of the top prospects for the NFL Draft 2009. After joining the draft on January 18, 2008, he later withdrew from it. Eventually, he signed a $13.8 million contract with the Baltimore Ravens, winning a Super Bowl Ring and earning accolades for his stellar career.
In 2014, Michael secured a $20 million contract with the Tennessee Titans, and in 2015, he signed with the Carolina Panthers, where he played as a left tackle.
His achievements include being selected for the 2009 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens, winning various trophies and titles, and being featured as a subject in Michael Lewis’s book “The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game,” which later inspired the successful movie “The Blind Side” in 2009. Michael also penned his autobiography, “I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness to the Blind Side and Beyond,” which has been a source of inspiration for many.
With a net worth of $20 million, Michael Oher’s success goes beyond monetary wealth, as he has earned esteemed titles like All-American and earned recognition and respect throughout his career. From a challenging childhood to achieving NFL Draft success in his first attempt, Michael’s resilience and tenacity serve as a shining example for American youth.