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“The Blind Side” made Michael Oher an American sweetheart this past fall.
But as Oher says, there’s still more to the story.
“A lot more,” Oher said Thursday. “‘The Blind Side’ talked a lot about high school and a little bit of college, but that’s about it. It didn’t hit on a lot of other stuff.”
That’s why the Ravens offensive tackle is releasing the first-person account of his spectacular story in a memoir entitled “I Beat the Odds: My Amazing Journey from Foster Care to the NFL and Beyond.”
The hardcover book published by Gotham Books is set to hit shelves Feb. 8 (after the season is over). It will be written by Don Yaeger, a former Sports Illustrated writer and editor who also crafted four New York Times bestsellers.
The memoir is especially interesting considering Oher has chosen not to speak much about his upbringing to traditional media outlets. Oher did not attend the premiere of the “The Blind Side” and didn’t show much interest in its resounding box office success and awards.
“From reading the book ‘The Blind Side’ and seeing the award-winning movie of the same name, millions of people think they know Michael Oher’s story, but they really don’t,” Gotham Books publisher William Shinker said.
“He gave only two interviews for the book and none for the movie. This will be the first time he will be able to tell his story in his own words with details that only he knows, and to offer his point of view on how anyone, no matter their background and upbringing, can achieve a better life.”
Oher’s adoptive parents, Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, have also written, “In a Heartbeat: How Cheerful Giving Changed Our Lives,” which is scheduled to be released in July. They are working with The Washington Post sportswriter and author Sally Jenkins.