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Where Is Michael Oher From The Blind Side Now?

"The Blind Side" is easily one of the most inspirational sports dramas to come out of Hollywood in the past 20 years. Released in 2009, "The Blind Side" recounts the story of how a determined Tennessee mother named Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) took in a homeless 17-year-old, Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron), and helped him aspire to football greatness in high school, college, and the NFL.

Based on Oher's story that was featured in the best-selling novel "The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game," the film version of Oher and Tuohy's tale was not only a smash hit with a global box office gross of over $305 million against a $29 million budget (via The Numbers); it also earned a Best Picture Oscar nomination and a Best Actress Oscar win for Bullock. The beauty of "The Blind Side" is that Oher's story didn't end with the conclusion of the film.

Michael Oher played for eight seasons in the NFL

Oher, who was formally adopted by the Tuohys, had the family's support as he went on to play college football for The University of Mississippi (aka Ole Miss), which was the alma mater of both Leanne and Sean Tuohy (played by Tim McGraw in the film). After earning several honors in college, Oher was the taken as the 23rd pick in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft by the Baltimore Ravens. After signing a five-year, $13.8 million contract with the team (via Pro Football Talk), Oher played left and right offensive tackle in his first year for the Ravens. His play on the field was so impressive, in fact, that he came in second place in voting for The Associated Press' Offense Rookie of the Year.

Oher started in every game with the Ravens for the five seasons he was with the team (via Pro Football Reference), with one of his career highlights coming on February 3, 2013, when he earned a Super Bowl ring after the Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers 34–31 in Super Bowl XLVII.

Michael Oher retired from the NFL in 2017

After his five-year run with the Ravens, Oher signed a four-year, $20 million contract with the Tennessee Titans. His tenure with the team was short-lived, though, since he was put on the injured reserve list with a toe injury after starting 11 games. While the Titans released Oher after the season, the tackle proved that he wasn't ready to hang up his cleats, and signed a two-year, $7 million contract with the Carolina Panthers.

Oher played in 16 games for the Panthers during the 2015 season and made his second bid for an NFL championship when the team played in Super Bowl 50 against the Denver Broncos in February 2016. The Panthers came up short, however, losing to the Broncos 24-10. Sadly, Oher only made three starts for the Panthers in the 2016 season before being put on the injured reserve list for concussion-like symptoms — a move that effectively ended his career, according to SB Nation.

While Oher retired from football after failing a physical in 2017, the story of the true-life inspiration behind "The Blind Side" has a happy ending. According to Ravens news blog Russell Street Report, Oher purchased a home in Nashville in 2017 and has a reported worth of $20 million. Meanwhile, Quinton Aaron, who brought Oher to life on the big screen, has worked nonstop since "The Blind Side" and has amassed more than 50 acting credits with 10 more films in either pre-production or post-production.

He's dedicated himself to improving his mental health

Everyone who makes it to the NFL is by definition exceptional, but Michael Oher's journey to the big leagues was more difficult than most. Oher had to overcome a lot of adversity to accomplish everything he did, and by the time his playing career ended, he found that he was still struggling with his mental health – particularly the unresolved issues related to his upbringing.

Oher described his mental health journey to People magazine. ""I'm still traumatized and I still deal with things that I dealt with as a kid," Oher said. "If you're still dealing with trauma, [therapy] is definitely needed early on, because I had to do that to get back healthy."

Oher also said that delaying getting the help he needed made his mental health issues more difficult. "The mind is the most powerful thing and it has to be healthy to be successful," explained Oher. "I bottled so much stuff up throughout my life. I carried that with me and I think it hurt me in the long run. That may be the only thing holding you back from being where you want to be — talking to somebody."

He launched a community-based charity app called Good Deeds

For Oher, one of the difficulties growing up homeless was not having the basic necessities like food and clothing that many people take for granted. This also took a toll on his mental health. Once his daily needs were covered, it made a difference.

"When I started to see that I had two or three pair of shoes to wear to school and I had multiple pants, my mental health started getting stronger," Oher told People. "I could focus on school, and my grades started to go up. I was eating, so I could focus on other things rather than being hungry, that's when I really started to excel. I started to create that path because I didn't have the small things to worry about and it all came from help. It all came from help from other people and other resources and without that, I wouldn't be here."

Now that his playing days are over, Oher has sought to help people get their daily needs met via his app, Good Deeds. The app lets neighbors connect and give each other necessities like shoes, clothing, baby formula, school supplies, and more. Users can create a profile and state what they need, or what they can give. The app then connects them with people within a 100 mile radius.

He's active with his foundation, Beat the Odds, Inc.

When he's not running his app, Michael Oher spends time with his nonprofit organization, Beat the Odds, Inc. The Nashville-based charity provides disadvantaged youths with opportunities to improve their lives, higher education, health, and careers. The organization regularly hosts free football camps in Nashville, which also include parenting workshops, tutoring workshops, and  community service projects. Other workshops offer training in life skills, education, and mentorship. Beat the Odds has also held back-to-school clothing and supply drives. 

Oher views giving back not just as a good deed, but a duty. "There are so many other people out there like me, so I have an obligation to continue to show them the way in," he told People. "People are struggling and it's my job to let them know that, 'Hey, I know the road so we can get there together.' So that's the thing that keeps me going every day."