February 3, 2013

Real 'Blind Side' player gets role in Super Bowl

Michael Oher validates the decision his adoptive parents made to nurture a kid from a broken home.

By BRETT MARTEL The Associated Press

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Michael Oher
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“I’m tired of the movie. I’m here to play football,” says offensive lineman Michael Oher of the Baltimore Ravens.

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Sean Tuohy, Leigh Anne Tuohy
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Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, adoptive parents of Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Michael Oher, are in New Orleans for the Super Bowl. They were depicted in the movie “The Blind Side” and later started a foundation to improve the lives of needy children.

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Leigh Anne Tuohy, who talks a mile a minute in a thick Southern accent, is very similar to the way she was portrayed by Bullock -- so much so that Sean Tuohy describes it as "scary."

"She hit it right down to the look, the action, the whole thing," he said.

While dining with a large group of friends and family at a downtown New Orleans restaurant, Leigh Anne Tuohy wore a V-neck T-shirt with a sequined Ravens logo on it. With this being Super Bowl weekend, she said she was "going to be all sparkle and dazzle and rock 'n' roll."

"This is way more fun, more exciting, more hyped up than Oscar week," she said. "Way more. It can't even compare."

The Tuohys have been to Super Bowls before, but only as casual fans. Because Oher and their son S.J. (which stands for Sean Jr.) are such big sports fans, the family often planned vacations around major sporting events.

This, of course, is different, and not only because Oher is in the game. One of Oher's best friends is 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis, a former teammate at Ole Miss.

"I can remember when Patrick Willis and Michael would sit in our living room and practice writing their autographs," Leigh Anne Tuohy said. "Well now they're really doing that and we're just really proud.

Like Oher, Willis also was raised by foster parents.

"These are great guys," Leigh Anne Tuohy said. "So their stories give us a platform to go around and say, there's a lot of great kids out there that need a chance."

 

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