After earning several honors in college, Oher was the 23rd first-round draft pick by the Baltimore Ravens. After signing a five-year, $13.8 million contract with the team, he earned a Super Bowl ring after beating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.
After five years with the Ravens, he signed a $20 million contract with the Tennessee Titans and then a $7 million contract with the Carolina Panthers. During the 2016 season, he was put on the reserve list for concussion-like symptoms, effectively ending his career.
By the time his playing career ended, he found that he was still struggling with mental health issues related to his upbringing. He credits therapy for helping with his issues and has said that delaying getting help compounded his issues.
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.
Oher’s nonprofit organization, Beat the Odds, Inc, gives disadvantaged youths opportunities to improve their lives. The charity offers parenting and tutoring workshops, community service projects, and training in life skills, education, and mentorship.