Like most families of players in the Super Bowl, the parents of Michael Oher have been down in New Orleans all week. But unlike most families of players in the Super Bowl, Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy‘s story of adopting Oher was broadcast on the big screen in The Blind Side — a film adaptation of Michael Lewis‘ best-selling book.
Sean Tuohy and Lewis grew up together in New Orleans and went to high school together. Now Tuohy will get to watch Oher, the Ravens’ starting right tackle, perform on the biggest stage.
“And there are people that think that’s a coincidence,” Tuohy told The Associated Press. “How stupid is that?
“We’ve got a huge sign in our garage that says: `We believe in miracles,'” he continued. “For other people, it may be hard to understand that. For us, it’s easy.”
The Tuohys adopted Oher when he was in high school and living with a foster family. In the film, Oher is depicted as being new to the game of football after already living with the Tuohys. In truth, Oher was a star high school football player prior to being adopted, and those inaccuracies are one reason the Baltimore tackle is tired of being asked about the movie.
“I always knew how to play football growing up,” Oher said at media day. “It was different personalities, stuff like that. Playing football is what got me to this point.”
Oher has started every game of his four-year pro career. He doesn’t man “the blind side” left tackle position anymore, but his play at right tackle has been key to opening holes for Ray Rice and protecting Joe Flacco on their run to the Super Bowl.
Thumbnail photo via Facebook/TheLeighAnneTuohy
This guy is carrying around a purple ship to show his support for the Baltimore Ravens. Because, of course.
“I have no problem with anybody in New York, any fan, saying you’re overpaid. Because I am.”
— Mark Teixeira, just being honest
We’re sure they’ll be “lubed up” again, as Tom Brady would say, by 6 p.m.
Already been out at our live location for 25 minutes, and LOTS of people are still out. This is gonna be one hungover Sunday here. #AsUsual—
Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) February 03, 2013
Chandler Parsons could see this missed free throw coming from a mile away — or at least about 15 feet.