Ravens tackle Michael Oher: “I’ve always had a strong inner drive deep down inside to make it no matter what”

February 10, 2011 | Ryan Chell

Michael Oher

At this point in his Ravens career, you may have heard about tackle Michael Oher’s story.

Oher’s story from living on the streets to eventually finding his way into the Tuohy household to eventual first-round pick was chronicled in the book and the movie, The Blind Side.

The Blind Side

Since the movie’s wide release, Oher has been public about his portrayal in the film, and he feels like he is more outgoing than Quinton Aaron-the actor who played Oher-and his view of the Ravens tackle.

It was this reason that Oher decided to tell his story in his own words-in a new book, “I Beat the Odds”.

I Beat the Odds

And after doing the New York media tour this week including shows like “Good Morning America” and “The View”, Oher made sure to remember his own local media-in this case Drew Forrester on “The Morning Reaction.”

“The only reason I wrote this was because I’m a role model out there,” Oher told Forrester. “And I know I can help so many people and I know so many people look up to me.”

He knows what kind of an impact he and his words can have on those people in a similar state as he was several years ago before the Tuohys brought him into their home and on the road to redemption.

“I was getting so many letters-thousands of letters-of people telling me how it changed their life and how it did so much for them. That’s the number one reason why I wrote it.”

And he also wanted to get across the point that those in need out there don’t necessarily need someone to reach out and pick them up the way he rebounded.

It’s all on the individual, Oher says.

“Yeah, they definitely made it easier on me, and the road probably would have been a little tougher, but I stayed with it and here I am.”

“You know, you can do whatever you want to do, you don’t have to have somebody come save you.”

Writing this book has definitely been a relief to Oher both mentally and physically. In the past few weeks, Oher has been able to heal his body from knee and ankle injuries he suffered toward the end of the season, as well as have a break from the criticism about his future as the Ravens’ franchise left tackle.

“I’m alright,” Oher told Forrester, “you know, just getting healthy. I had the knee injury, the ankle injury. Everything is coming back, and I’ve been taking care of everything, so feeling good…feeling good.”

Oher said he has used the same inner drive in fighting through adversity in his personal life toward the struggles he faced on the gridiron this year.

“It’s slowed me down a little bit, but I’ve fought through it and stayed with it…playing like a Raven, you know.”

“I’ve always had a strong inner drive deep down inside of me to make it no matter what.”

WNST thanks Michael Oher for joining us! Continue to follow his exploits on Twitter @MichaelOher and check out his book at Amazon.com

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