Michael Oher isn’t the best offensive tackle rated in this draft. He isn’t the second best, or even third best. But Michael Oher, when all is said and done, will be the best offensive tackle to come from this draft. And it’s quite simple. He’s overcome so much in his life, that the NFL will seem like a walk in the park.
Oher, the subject of the must-read book, The Blind Side, by Michael Lewis, has had to deal with homelessness, battles for food, academic struggles, a drug addict for a mom, and an absent father. Oher, up until age 16, never had a stable home. He was always on the run from foster homes. And when he realized that they would find him at school, he stopped going.
Oher, at the begging of a friend’s father, was accepted to an upper-class Catholic high school. He entered with a 0.3 grade point average. And, as you could imagine, had numerous academic struggles. But, in this story of miracles, another one was on the way.
On a cold November day, Oher was walking in a t-shirt and shorts. Spotted by a family whose daughter went to the same high school, the Tuhoys made a life-altering decision. They decided to pick him and give him a ride. Offering him clothes and support over the next few months, the Tuhoys made him their adoptive son. And he’s thrived ever since.
Even though Jason Smith, Eugene Monroe, and Andre Smith are rated higher, they have not had the struggles of Michael Oher. Michael Oher has had more struggles in his young life than most have in an entire lifetime. Oher has beat the odds. He’s come from nothing, and, in a few hours, is about to make a ton of money. Michael Oher is special. And the team about to draft him will be lucky. Because Michael Oher will become a star.
The NFL, after all he’s been through, is nothing. It’s easy. He will thrive. He will be the best offensive tackle to come out of this draft. Michael Oher is an inspiration to all who’ve ever thought about giving up, all who’ve ever thought about turning in the towel, because you can turn it around. When Oher’s name is called, I will surely be emotional. And after hearing about his story, you should be too.