Michael Oher is one personality in the American Football whose fame has spread like wide fire and making incredible impacts even in the movie industry. His story has become so legendary to such extent that it has overshadowed his real person. As a matter of fact, his life is now being described as one of the scariest NFL reality. The NFL Offensive tackle who is currently a free agent was the center topic of Michael Lewis’s book ‘The Blind Side and the 2009 biographical sports drama film of the same title.
Big Mike as he is fondly called is one of those people who will not give up on their dreams. He never takes himself too seriously but he is always at his best to ensure he excels in his football career. Today, he is named among the most popular names in contemporary American Football. Let’s get to know more about him.
Michael Oher’s Biography
Big Mike was born on May 28, 1986, with Michael Jerome Williams, Jr. as his full name. He is a native of Memphis, Tennessee and he grew up in a large family of twelve children with his parents – Denise Oher and Michael Jerome Williams. Mike endured a rocky life as a young child and this affected his education. While he changed schools up to eleven times in his first and second grades, due to poor academic performance, he was able to find his root in American football.
While studying in a public high school in Memphis, he joined the school’s football team but later left the school and enrolled at the ‘Briarcrest Christian School’ where he received good football coaching from the school’s offensive line coach Tim Long and Hugh Freeze, Briarcrest’s football coach. Following how well he enhanced his football skills, he was in 2003 named the Division II Lineman of the Year.
Not only was Michael Oher’s football skills improved, but his academic performance also improved. His good grades also helped him gain admission into the Division I school of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Moving further to his college career, Michael received scholarship offers from several Universities, including Southern California, Tennessee, Louisiana State, and Alabama. Nevertheless, he decided to go for the University of Mississipi so he would play under Ed Orgeron who at that time, was a coach for the varsity football team, the Ole Miss Rebels.
Mike started playing for the Ole Miss Rebels as a guard and he appeared in ten games in his first season, thus he was named the Freshman All-America. During his sophomore season in 2006, his position was moved to left tackle and his excellent performance earned him a spot in the First-team ‘SEC’. He continued to excel both in football and academics all through his college years until 2009 when he decided to go pro, hence declaring for the NFL draft.
After achieving success in his college football career both at the junior and senior level, Oher joined the 2009 NFL and was selected by the Baltimore Ravens. After signing his first contract with the professional team, he began to play with the shirt number 74 and at the right tackle position. Later on, he was moved to the position of right tackle. During his second season as an NFL player in 2010, he helped the Ravens to defeat the San Francisco 49ers to clinch the Super Bowl XLVII.
In 2014, Michael Oher joined the Tennessee Titans after signing a four-year contract of $20 million with the team on March 14, the same year. Unfortunately, his time with the Titans was marred by several injuries which made him miss many games and his contract was terminated.
The following year, he joined the Carolina Panthers playing as a starting left tackle and even though his first season was not so successful, he had his contract extended for another three years with $9.5 million guaranteed. However, from November 25, 2016, he was placed on reserve with a concussion. On July 20 of the following year, Oher was released after he couldn’t make the Panthers active roster. He is currently a free agent.
Family: Parents and Siblings
As aforementioned, Michael Oher came from a very large family and he has eleven siblings. His mother Denise Oher was an alcoholic and a drug addict while his father Michael Jerome was frequently detained in prison where he was eventually murdered.
Life was rough for Mike and his siblings but in 2004, he was officially adopted by Sean Tuohy and Leigh Anne and their two children Collins Tuohy and Sean Tuohy Jr. became Mike’s foster siblings. While Tuohy is a well-known actress and public speaker, Sean works as an assistant head coach for the Arkansas Razorbacks. Mike’s other siblings include John, Rico, Tara, Marcus, Andre, and Deljuan Oher.
Is He Married, Who is The Wife?
Despite being a very popular personality in American football, Michael Oher’s love life has remained a mystery. Thanks to his reserved lifestyle, he is not known to be with any lady tagged as his girlfriend or wife. However, he was involved in a rumor of being secretly married to a mysterious lady.
The rumor about his secret wife made a buzz on various social media platforms in April 2017 when he allegedly asked an Uber taxi driver to follow a car his wife was in. While his confrontation with the Uber driver attracted legal sanction, his love life became a talk of the town. The football player is yet to confirm this story, thus leaving his fans in total confusion on the matter.
Michael Oher’s Net Worth
Michael has achieved so much for himself within a short period of his time as a professional football player. His achievement cut across financial stability and fame. His career has equally seen him win several awards. As far as his net worth is concerned, the legendary football offensive tackle has garnered as much as $15 million for himself.