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It's tough to live up to expectations set by a film that paints you like Leonardo da Vinci did the "Mona Lisa."
Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher entered the league on the wings of the success of The Blind Side, the film starring Sandra Bullock based on Oher's life.
Incidentally, it's one he doesn't particularly like, per Ryan Mink of BaltimoreRavens.com:
“The movie showed me not doing something so well that got me here, something I’ve always understood,” Oher said. “Everything else is good, but them showing me not knowing how to play football, that’s what upsets me the most.”
Part of the reason why it touches a nerve with Oher is that in reality he’s a student of the game and an extremely hard worker. It’s a cliche that a hard-working player is the first one in the building and last to leave. But Birk, another weight-room junkie, said it’s true with Oher.
However he feels about the movie, Oher has simply never lived up to the hype.
Per Pro Football Focus (subscription required), the big lineman gave up increasing numbers of total quarterback pressures—sacks, hits and hurries combined—in each year of his career save 2012, when he gave up just one fewer than the previous year.
That culminated with a whopping 56 total quarterback pressures last season. It's time to let go.