Michael Oher’s parents were thrilled to watch their son play in the Feb. 3 Super Bowl – especially since hi his team, the Baltimore Ravens, claimed victory. However, unlike most parents, Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy didn’t get to watch Michael learn to play the sport as a small child, according to a Feb. 3 NESN report.
Oher and the Tuohy family were the inspiration behind the 2009 film “The Blind Side.” The Tuohys adopted Michael when he was in high school, after he had bounced around numerous foster homes. Leigh Anne is played by Sandra Bullock in the film. Quinton Aaron played Oher.
The film changes some of the story to make it more compelling. One of the big discrepancies is that Bullock’s character encourages Aaron’s character to play football for the first time. However, Michael had actually been playing football for years before meeting the Tuohy family.
Oher, who doesn’t like talking about the movie, says playing football was a crucial part of growing up for him. Despite the way Michael’s introduction to the game was portrayed in the “Blind Side,” Oher’s parents are not surprised he made it to the Super Bowl.