The Blind Side
1. The blind side
2. Michael Lewis
3. 2009, 2006 by Michael Lewis
There are always stories of random acts of kindness and how one of the people is benefitted in the situation. Love, risk and Friendship can go a very long way in changing some bodies’ life so drastically that the whole world knows and saves some bodies life. This is a story of how the love and kindness of one family leads to one of the most memorable and heartwarming sport stories I have ever heard. The story starts off with the tale of the giant teenager by the name of Michael Oher, and he how he was separated from his mother at a very young age. He lived in a very poor and crime filled town in Memphis, Tennessee. He is living with his friend Steven Payne and Steven’s dad Big Tony Henderson. Michael was a nobody sleeping on his friends couch when one day Big Tony went out to get Steven in a very good Christian school called Briarcrest. Big tony went to the head football coaches office, Hugh Freeze and talked about Steven attending the school. Steven had the grades and the talent. Big tony also talked about Michael Attending Briarcrest. Michael did not have the grades but was still able to get in. After a few days he was living on the streets but still attending the school. Every night he would either sleep in the gym at the school or the laundry shop in the town. Michael was strongly very badly in school, he had no idea what to do. He took a pop quiz and couldn’t fill in one answer. One teacher decided to help him and converse with Michael to see if he knew anything so she did and gave him an oral quiz which he got a C- on, not good but he was starting to learn with the help of a very generous teacher. One night after a volleyball game at the school Sean Tuohy, a very wealthy man whose daughter Collins was playing, saw Michael picking up food from the floor such as popcorn and drinks just so he could eat. A few days later everybody knew who he was and referred to him as Big Mike cause well he was big, very big, 6’4 and 315 pounds to be exact and one day this little boy by the name of SJ Tuohy (Sean Tuohy’s son) decided to walk up to mike and ask him what his name was, SJ gets picked up by his mom Leigh Anne and she is intrigued by who this Michael kid is and SJ tells her. One night The Tuohy Family is driving home from Sj’s School play And they saw mike walking in the pouring rain, they pulled up next to him and asked where he was headed so he told him the gym, cause its warm, then leigh anne asks if he would like to stay with them for the night so he does. One night ends up into turning into Michael being adopted by them and playing starting left tackle for Briarcrest where he does very well and is highly recruited, The Tuohys favorite College was the University of Missippi So Michael kind of felt obligated to go there and when he committed it sparked the question to if the Tuohys had adopted mike just so he could go to ole miss and play football for them. It turned out to be all hype and Michael had a very good college career and is now a Pro-Bowl and starting left tackle for the Baltimore Ravens. “We were wondering if you would like to become a part of this family.” –Sean “I kinda thought I already was.” -Michael
One person who changed Michael’s life in a very significant way is the entire Tuohy family. They had no idea what to expect from Michael and both of their lives were changed as the Tuohys earned another family member and Michael got a very Loving Mother, a Very smart and hardworking Father, A very Smart and pretty Sister, and a very funny and heartwarming Little brother who was Michaels best friend for years and still is to this day. The thing that everybody learned from this is that random acts of kindness, love, and caring can go a long way and end up changing someone’s life from having no future at all to being one of the most sought out and talented football players in all of the National Football...
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