Michael Oher won the NFL’s Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens in 2013, and three years later he’s getting a chance to win the big game again with the Carolina Panthers, but the offensive tackle’s main claim to fame is “The Blind Side,” a 2009 motion picture about his life with his adoptive family, the Tuohys.
Even now, headlines read that Oher celebrated his NFC Championship win with his “Blind Side” family. A photograph of him with Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy, who were depicted in the film by Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw, enjoying the moment at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, went viral online. When he shared the photo on his official Instagram account Sunday, the picture received thousands of likes and scores of comments.
While Oher’s not embarrassed by the Memphis, Tennessee, couple who adopted him, he was annoyed by questions about the movie when he went to the Super Bowl with the Ravens in 2013. “I’m tired of the movie. I’m here to play football,” he said during a media session at the time, according to Yahoo Sports. “Football is what got me here, and the movie, it wasn’t me. I always knew how to play football growing up. It was different personalities, stuff like that. Playing football is what got me to this point.” Oher added:
“I’m not in the movies, man. I play football. I work hard on the field. That’s why I don’t like talking about [the film], because it kind of takes away from my hard work on the field. I kind of feel a little bit underappreciated, but, as long as my team and the guys in the locker room know what I bring to the table, it’s all good.”
The Panthers will take on the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 Sunday, Feb. 7, after his team slaughtered the Arizona Cardinals, 49-15.
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