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Michael Oher Version 2.0: O.C. Brown (And More About "The Blind Side")

OWINGS MILLS, MARYLAND - MAY 8: Offensive lineman Michael Oher #74 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on during minicamp at the practice facility on May 8, 2009 in Owings Mills, Maryland. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)
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Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IJanuary 9, 2017

Maybe ABC read my article The Blind Side: Fact or Fiction, I'm a Michael Oher Fan.

 

But more likely, they probably had their special, The Blind Side: The Real Story Behind the Movie planned weeks ago.

 

Either way, last Friday night, I sat down to watch the truth behind the hit Hollywood movie.

 

While I had done some research after my viewing of the movie to write my first article, 20/20 got first-hand myth-debunking from Oher and the Tuohy family themselves.

 

I was impressed when Oher admitted to being a bit upset at being portrayed in the movie as being bad at football until a loving Leigh Anne Tuohy gave him a stern lecture. He says football has always been a passion of his and he has always excelled at it.

 

Particularly intriguing was Collins Tuohy, who is very attached to her “brother,” Michael.

 

Giving up her Advanced Placement classes to be in the same classes as Michael in school, she would sometimes spend several hours studying with him after school to help him stay up to speed with his schoolwork.

 

The interview continues and can be found at: http://abcnews.go.com/2020/BlindSide/

 

In the special we are also introduced to O.C. Brown, who some are calling the next Michael Oher.

 

Also from the same tough streets of North Memphis, Brown was being raised by his grandmother while playing high school football—left tackle just like Oher—when his grades started to slip.

 

His grandmother said he would have to stop playing football if his grades got any worse.

 

Word of Brown's grades spread around the volunteer coaching staff, who pulled together to get him tutoring and even had families offering to house him so he could be closer to his tutors.

 

Does this story sound familiar?

 

But Brown was different in that he had a family and didn't want to leave them. So a compromise was reached.

 

He stayed with a member of the volunteer staff, Michael Ray, and his family Monday-Thursday and with his grandmother and the rest of his family on the weekends. The plan was for him to stay for one month.

 

It's lasted much longer than that, but his life is much improved.

 

His grades have gone up and attention is pointing towards him and the comparison to Oher.

 

Some have said these families are being selfish and could help children of their own race, that they are just helping mold these kids into big-time football stars.

 

But Leigh Anne Tuohy has a few words for those people:

 

“Don't let the door hit them in the butt on the way out.”

 

She said since the movie, people from all over the world have contacted her, telling her how inspired they were by their story and how they plan to cancel vacations and donate their money—or time—to help others.

 

And you know Michael Oher and O.C. Brown will be on top of that list to help.

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