Michael Oher celebrates second Super Bowl trip with Blind Side family
Michael Oher, the NFL player whose started-from-the-bottom story inspired the hit 2009 film The Blind Side, got a Hollywood ending when he won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens in 2013. Now he’s going for a sequel, of sorts.
Oher’s current team, the Carolina Panthers, clinched a Super Bowl 50 berth with a victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, giving the left tackle an opportunity to win a second ring come Feb. 7.
Naturally, he’s being cheered on by Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy, the Tennessee parents who once fostered him and were portrayed by Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw in the Oscar-winning drama.
Oher posted a celebratory photo with the pair on social media after Sunday’s win and wrote in a caption, “Man what a time!”
Leigh Anne Tuohy posted the same photo on her Facebook page and added, “GREAT job babe!! You are my MVP, All-Star, rock star and I’m so so so proud of you!!! Keep grinding! One more game!”
While The Blind Side has undoubtedly raised Oher’s profile, he’s actually not a huge fan of the film.
“People look at me, and they take things away from me because of a movie,” he told ESPN in June. “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.”
He added, “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.”