I’ll be interested to see how they bring the true story of Baltimore Raven Michael Oher to the big screen this November. My husband and I caught a glimpse of Oher on NFL draft day. This 6-foot-5, 309-lb offensive tackle was a first-round draft pick for the Ravens earlier this year. Oher, an African-American, embraced his Caucasian family on draft day with tears. They all seemed half his size. As it turned out, they had adopted Michael in high school.
This troubled teen came from a broken home where his father had been murdered and his mother had been a crack addict. He attended 11 different schools during his first nine years as a student, and alternated between foster homes and no fixed address until he was 16 years old. After Oher began attending Briarcrest Christian School, a family of two other children in the school, the Tuohys, took Michael in. They cared for him, hired him a tutor, and eventually adopted him.
The film looks like it has all the makings of a heartwarming story. Hopefully, I can give you my take after it comes out mid-November. In the meantime, here’s the trailer.