Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Michael Oher has had a pretty up-and-down career since the Baltimore Ravens drafted him in 2009. He has gone from being the blind side tackle of Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco to being named one of the worst offensive tackles in the NFL.
Oher, who was the inspiration for the 2009 film “The Blind Side”, has said in the past that he isn’t fond of the film made about his life. He says that it took away from he does as a player and has, overall, hurt his career.
After his play began to drop off in Baltimore, he was moved from left tackle to right before eventually being cut and signed by the Tennessee Titans. He allowed six sacks and 26 quarterback hurries during the 2014 season, which, coupled with injuries, led to him being cut after just one season with the team.
It looked like Oher’s storybook career in the NFL was all but over leading up to the 2015 season. That is when he received a text from Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton saying that he wanted to bring him to Carolina.
As fate would have it, the Panthers signed Oher ahead of the 2015 season and he has been their starting right tackle all year long. He will now be playing in his second Super Bowl on Sunday as the Panthers face off against the Denver Broncos.
It’s been a great journey for Oher, but it finally seems that he has found a new home in Charlotte. Let’s just see if he can help Newton bring home a Lombardi Trophy.
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