Michael Oher Beat The Odds
Imagine if your first memory was being two years old and walking, unsupervised, along the side of a highway. For football player Michael Oher and his siblings, this was a reality.By Up to Date
In the new book I Beat The Odds: From Homelessness to The Blind Side and Beyond, Oher, collaborating with New York Times author Don Yaeger, writes about growing up in a seemingly hopeless situation and rising to become an inspiration to many.
Steve Krakse talks to Oher about his amazing journey and what inspired him to tell his story.
Michael Oher was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1986 to a crack-addicted mother who was unable to care for him and his siblings. He spent many years in the foster care system before grasping onto football as his ticket out of poverty and hopelessness. Many know Oher from the Academy-winning 2009 film The Blind Side (and the New York Times bestselling book on which the movie was based). Oher currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland where he is an offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens.