Born in Memphis, Tennessee to an alcoholic and crack-addicted mother, Michael was one of 12 children. His father wasn’t around much, because he was in and out of prison. This left Michael with very few options — he’d be put in foster care, only to run away and live on the streets. In his first 11 years of schooling he went to nine different schools and had to repeat the first and second grade.
His luck changed when he started playing football in public school. He was a very talented player, and when he applied for enrollment in a private Christian school he was accepted based on his notable football skills. Once in the school, Michael kept bouncing around foster homes before the Tuohy family took him in. Understanding his difficult childhood, they hired a tutor and treated Michael like he was one of the family. He raised his GPA so he could attend the University of Mississippi, which he chose because it was his adopted family’s alma mater.
Michael became one of the best offensive linemen in the NCAA. He was drafted 23rdoverall by the Baltimore Ravens, signed a $13.8 million, five year contract and helped them win Super Bowl XLVII. In 2014 he signed a $20 million, four year contract with the Tennessee Titans. Michael is, of course, Michael Oher, the subject of the book and Academy Award winning film The Blind Side.