Mother of Michael Oher, inspiration for ‘The Blind Side,’ thrilled to see son win Super Bowl XLVII with Baltimore Ravens
Denise Oher said she is very grateful that Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy adopted her son and set him on the path to a better life. “I’m proud of him, I love him and I’m going to give God all that praise for his success,” Denise Oher said.
By Sean Brennan / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, February 4, 2013, 3:30 PM
Leigh Ann Tuohy via Twitter
Leigh Ann Tuohy hugs her adopted son, Michael Oher, who won the Super Bowl last night playing for the Baltimore Ravens. Their story is told in the hit movie ‘The Blind Side.’
Talk about a ‘Super” day for the Oher family.
No doubt by now you’ve either heard the story or saw the movie, “The Blind Side.” It’s the story of Michael Oher, current Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle, who was born to a crack-addicted mother, bounced around foster care for several years before finally being adopted by the Tuohy family of Memphis. The Tuohy’s helped steer Michael’s life in a completely different direction, one culminating with a Super Bowl victory over the 49ers on Sunday in New Orleans.
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Interstingly enough, with all of this blind side talk, Michael Oher doesn’t even play the so-called ‘blind side’ position anymore (where a left tackle protects a right-handed quarterback). Oher lines up at right tackle in front of quarterback Joe Flacco in Super Bowl XLVII.
“I came so far from nothing to a Super Bowl champion. I’m in shock right now,” Oher told ABC’s Good Morning America.
Sandra Bullock (r.) plays Oher’s adopted mother in “The Blind Side.”
While Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is widely considered to be the happiest Raven of them all after his MVP performance likely gave the free-agent-to-be a little leverage come contract time, it would be tough to top the euphoria felt by Denise Oher.
‘The Blind Side’ actress Sandra Bullock and her son Louis arriving at the Super Bowl to root on the Baltimore Ravens.
Denise Oher is Michael’s biological mother and Sunday she watched her son win the Super Bowl while attending a party in downtown Memphis.
“I’m excited,” Denise Oher told Memphis’ Fox 19. “I knew he was going to be successful in sports.”
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Michael Oher (74) and Arthur Jones (97) of the Baltimore Ravens celebrate the Super Bowl XLVII win.
But Michael’s victory in New Orleans Sunday wasn’t the only reason for the Oher family to celebrate — Denise Oher said she is now living a clean and sober life.
Denise Oher (r.), Michael Oher’s birth mother, tuned in from a Memphis party to watch her son play in the Super Bowl.
“One day at a time,” Denise Oher said. “It took a long time to learn what that term meant. Today I’m clean with the help of the good Lord that’s where I’m going to stay.”
Denise Oher said she is very grateful that Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy adopted her son and set him on the path to a better life.
“I’m proud of him, I love him and I’m going to give God all that praise for his success,” Denise Oher said.
While Denise Oher said she has never seen “The Blind Side,” (she already knows how it ends, right?), the actress who played Oher’s adopted mother Leigh Anne, Sandra Bullock, was at the Superdome to watch Michael in the big game along with the entire Tuohy family. Bullock, who won an Oscar for her role in the film, brought along her son, Louis, who wore a purple Oher No. 74 Ravens jersey to the game.