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- Publisher: GOTHAM BOOKS
- Format: Paperback | 272 pages
- Dimensions: 135mm x 203mm x 23mm | 249g
- Publication date: 7 February 2012
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1592406386
- ISBN 13: 9781592406388
- Edition statement: Revised ed.
- Sales rank: 52,069
The football star made famous in the hit film (and book) "The Blind Side" reflects on how far he has come from the circumstances of his youth. Michael Oher shares his personal account of his story, in this inspirational "New York Times" bestseller.Looking back on how he went from being a homeless child in Memphis to playing in the NFL, Michael talks about the goals he had to break out of the cycle of poverty, addiction, and hopelessness that trapped his family. Eventually he grasped onto football as his ticket out and worked hard to make his dream into a reality. With his adoptive family, the Touhys, and other influential people in mind, he describes the absolute necessity of seeking out positive role models and good friends who share the same values to achieve one's dreams. Sharing untold stories of heartache, determination, courage, and love, "I Beat the Odds" is an incredibly rousing tale of one young man's quest to achieve the American dream.
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Michael Oher is an American football offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Ravens in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft. He played college football at the University of Mississippi for the Ole Miss Rebels. He is best known as the subject of Michael Lewis's 2006 book, "The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game," and the even more popular 2009 film "The Blind Side," in which Michael is portrayed by Quinton Aaron.
"I'd understand if some people out there felt like another re-telling of the Oher story was flogging a dead horse, but personally, I feel like there's a need for Oher's own opus." -Yahoo Sports "In a development I actually think is really great, Michael Oher will be publishing his own memoir now that his parents' story, "The Blind Side", has been so thoroughly covered. It's long been my position that some of the uncomfortable things about the way that story gets covered are the simple result of the fact that he hasn't chosen to talk very much -- as this article points out, he contributed little in the way of interviews to either the book or the movie -- and I'll be happy to hear what the guy's got to say." -Linda Holmes, NPR blogger.