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Michael Oher - The Real Life Hero Who Rose Through Homelessness

Published Wed Aug 18 2021 By Aashika
Michael Oher - The Real Life Hero Who Rose Through Homelessness

Michael Oher is a former American football player who has played in the National Football League (NFL). He was a player of the "Baltimore Ravens", a team based in Baltimore.  

On 28th May 1986, he entered into this world whereas his birthplace is Memphis, Tennessee, United States. He is one of the sons among 12 children of his parents. Oher attended Briarcrest Christian School, later enrolled at the University of Mississippi. 

Have a look at the below passages which are information about him. 

How Much Does Oher Have Net Worth?

Michael Oher has an impressive net worth which is $16 million, whereas his annual salary is around $2.7 million. He managed to earn through his successful career as a football player. His career began from his high school, then played for Mississippi College. 

In 2009, selected in NFL Draft in the rank 23 and the same year became the player for "Baltimore Ravens" with a contract of $13.8 million till 2013. 

Moreover, he joined "Tennessee Titans" by signing a four-year deal with $20 million. On March 6, 2015, the football player was hired for two years by "Caroline Panthers" with $7 million, which was later increased to $21.6 million. After playing for 8 years, he got retired after a failed physical on 20th July 2017. 

Not only as an athlete, but he has also written a book. In 2011, his first book got published which is his autobiography, "I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness to The Blind Side and Beyond". 

Michael Oher playing for "Caroline Panthers" in National Football League.
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Charity Works

Michael has been involved in social works and is a member of some charitable organizations. In fact, he runs non-profit organizations, "Beat the Odds Inc." and "Oher Foundation".  He also has created an app "God Deeds App" through which people can help the needy. The organization has been providing food for the people which we get to know from his Instagram account. 

What's His Relationship Status?

Michael Oher is a married man who is the husband of Tiffany Michelle Roy. The couple has not revealed their personal information when they met and got married. His wife was spotted in the limited number of pictures. The duo is the parents of a boy whose information has not been revealed yet. 

A family picture of Michael OherLeigh Anne, Sean Tuohy, two siblings, wife, and so on.
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In 2017, the former NFL player got arrested on an allegation of attacking the diver. It happened when a drunken Under's diver, Girma Berkessa lost his control while following his wife's car. But later got released from jail by paying some amount. 

Rough Childhood

The players' childhood was rough, where his father, Michael Jerome Williams was a prisoner. On the other hand, his mother, Denise Oher was suffered from alcoholism and cocaine addiction. 

He grew up in foster care at age seven, later alternated between living in various foster homes and being homeless. When he was a senior in high school, Oher's father got arrested for murdering Denise Oher's brother. It was tough for Michael Oher to handle his family in his teenage. 

How Does Oher's Life Change? 

His life started to change when he got admission to "Briarcrest Christan School" with the help of Tony Henderson, an auto mechanic. Later, he went to his grandmother's house and did a home study. Michael started playing for colleges and got scholarships.

In 2004, he was adopted by businessman, Leigh Anne and sports commentator, Sean Tuohy. The couple was spotted at the matches of Oher along with their children. They also fulfilled all his needs of his, even keep a tutor who worked with him for 20 hours per week. Michael Oher loves his adopted parents and his siblings which we can see in the pictures. 

Social Media Platforms

Michael Oher is quite active on social platforms. He has an Instagram account with a user name @michaeloher with over 238k followers. Similarly, on Twitter, there are more than 226.9k followers. He often shares pictures and videos on his social media pages. 

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