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Michael Oher visits “The View”

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We don’t talk about The View very much here at PFT (even though Florio watches it every day), but we’ll make an exception for today’s episode, which featured a good guest spot from Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher.

Oher is one of only a handful of NFL players — and surely the only offensive lineman — famous enough to appeal to the demographic that watches The View, which doesn’t cross over much with the demographic that watches the NFL. As the man whose life story became the book and movie The Blind Side, Oher is more famous for his life off the field than for what he’s accomplished on the field, and that’s what he talked about today, as he pitches his own book about his life.

The most interesting comments were about Oher’s repeated attempts to develop a relationship with his biological mother, who has long struggled with drug addiction.

“I’ve been trying to help her for so long . . . she’s trying hard,” Oher said. “I think it’s going to turn out to be positive.”

Now that he’s a professional athlete, Oher said, he tries to use that platform to reach young people.

“You need mentors and positive people in your life,” Oher said. “Just surround yourself with a positive circle. That’s hard coming where I came from.”

It’s a message that Oher is uniquely qualified to spread, and he’s unique among NFL players in his ability to spread that message outside the traditional channels.

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10 Responses to “Michael Oher visits “The View””
  1. akeemdropsdaball says: Feb 10, 2011 12:12 PM

    “The View” looks like to be the bee knees when it comes to NFL players.

  2. jameswestphal says: Feb 10, 2011 12:16 PM

    Great story. Admirable young man.

  3. jc1958coo says: Feb 10, 2011 12:22 PM

    he came from the same place ray came from!
    this guy’s great he didn’t bring anything with, like ray!!

  4. mswravens says: Feb 10, 2011 12:33 PM

    For a guy who doesn’t need his paycheck due to the wealth of his adopted family, Oher remains grateful every day for the privileges afforded him as a starting NFL player…and good for him for spreading the message of family, hard work, positive attitude, etc… The world needs more guys like him!

  5. vicksdawgpound says: Feb 10, 2011 12:38 PM

    Michael Ohver-rated on the blindside. K this guy got lucky in life and that type of stuff doesn’t happen to very many people! I think 50% of his salary should go to helping others like him. 50% sounds like a lot to me and you but I think he could still have a pretty comfortable lifestyle only living on 3 million a year.

  6. jessieboom says: Feb 10, 2011 12:42 PM

    Feel good for the dude, but please stop giving him Pro Bowl votes just because you like the movie that was about him.

  7. firerosenthalthebastard says: Feb 10, 2011 12:43 PM

    from West Memphis to the View… gotta love America

  8. joetoronto says: Feb 10, 2011 1:11 PM

    Oher is a fine young man who deserves what he has today, because he truly appreciates and respects those around him.

    The NFL should tell us more about guys like Michael Oher and less about a thug, like Mike Vick.

  9. ravenspit says: Feb 10, 2011 2:17 PM

    MDS must have a thing for Behar-considering he deleted my post.

  10. kevo126 says: Feb 10, 2011 4:02 PM

    “K this guy got lucky in life”

    @vicksdawgpound i wouldnt call being homeless as a teenager lucky…

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