The football star made famous in the hit film The Blind Side reflects
on how far he has come from the circumstances of his youth.
Michael Oher is the young man at the center of the true story depicted
in The Blind Side movie (and book) that swept up awards and
accolades. Though the odds were heavily stacked against him, Michael had a
burning desire deep within his soul to break out of the Memphis inner-city
ghetto and into a world of opportunity. While many people are now familiar with
Oher’s amazing journey, this is the first time he shares his account of his
story in his own words, revealing his thoughts and feelings with details that
only he knows and offering his point of view on how anyone can achieve a better
Looking back on how he went from being a homeless child in Memphis to
playing in the NFL, Michael talks about the goals he had for himself in order
to break out of the cycle of poverty, addiction, and hopelessness that trapped
his family for so long. He recounts poignant stories growing up in the projects
and running from child services and foster care over and over again in search
of some familiarity. Eventually, he grasped onto football as his ticket out of
the madness and worked hard to make his dream into a reality; but Oher also
knew he would not be successful alone. With his adoptive family, the Touhys,
and other influential people in mind, he describes the absolute necessity of
seeking out positive role models and good friends who share the same values to
achieve one’s dreams.
stories of heartache, determination, courage, and love, I Beat the Odds is
an incredibly rousing tale of one young man’s quest to achieve the American
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