On Super Bowl media day, players are often pestered to answer nearly identical questions by the throngs of reporters on hand, many of whom hail from places around the world and do not regularly cover the teams.
This was especially frustrating for Ravens tackle Michael Oher, because he has been fielding the same questions for six years.
Oher was the star of Michael Lewis‘ best-selling book The Blind Side, which chronicles Oher’s life and football career through high school, culminating in him being offered a scholarship by the University of Mississippi. The book was later adapted into a movie starring Sandra Bullock — an adaptation that Oher has repeatedly denounced as an unrealistic portrayal of his athletic ability.
The lineman was asked about the film on Tuesday, and he made it clear that it is not a topic he wishes to discuss.
“I’m tired of the movie,” Oher told reporters. “I’m here to play football. 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 says he has only watched the movie once, and that the way the film paints him — an honor-roll student at Ole Miss — as having below-average intelligence is “definitely wrong.” One thing the film did get right was the support of the members of his adopted family, Oher said, who will be in attendance on Super Bowl Sunday.
This Ravens fan had a championship on his mind during Tuesday’s Super Bowl media day.
“It’s like Mardi Gras with cameras instead of liquor.”
–49ers defensive end Ray McDonald describing the hysteria of media day in New Orleans
Those are some fightin’ words right there, Trey Wingo.
trey wingo (@wingoz) January 29, 2013
ESPN can never turn down a chance for a Tim Tebow mention, even though it’s safe to say this one was never supposed to air.