The fact that Michael Oher is in college, at all, is amazing, but an All-American football star? He grew up with a crack addict as a mother, one of thirteen children shuttled between so many schools that his grade point average languished at .062. But his luck changed when he was befriended in his sophmore year a 43-year-old wealthy local businessman and voice of the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies.
He ended up at the University of Mississippi, an offensive lineman, regarded as a top draft pick in the National Football League. His life prior to college is the subject of Michael Lewis’s 2006 book, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game.