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INSPIRATION: You can do anything if you put your mind to it
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You can do anything if you put your mind to it
Anything is possible
By Kelly Miller

BT 201906 inspiration 08坚持就是胜利




当他和托尼亨徳森住在一起时,他入读了Briarcrest 基督学校, 2004年,他被一对夫妇收养,他们非常关心帮助他,为他请了专职老师,每周教20个小时,到大三的时候,他开始在足球方面表现出色。他成为了田纳西州的顶级橄榄球运动员。

在获得许多荣誉之后,奥赫接受了密西西比大学的奖学金,当时他为Ole Miss Rebels效力。在2009年NFL选秀中,奥赫排名第23位。在2012-2013赛季,在奥赫的效力下,Ravens成为超级碗XLVII的一员。奥赫在此之后多次获得荣誉。




BT 201906 inspiration 01He is an American football offensive tackle, who is currently a free agent. He has played for the Tennessee Titans, Carolina Panthers and the University of Mississippi. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He is Michael Oher.

BT 201906 inspiration 04I’m not dumb, I just wasn’t educated

He was born on May 28, 1986, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was one of the 12 children in his household. Unfortunately, he didn’t have a happy childhood. His father, Michael Jerome Williams Sr., was murdered while Oher was in high school. His mother was addicted to crack cocaine, so Oher was put in foster homes. He frequently moved from one foster home to another, and as a result, never had the feeling of family happiness. He wasn’t such a good student either, he repeated the first and second grade. He has also changed 11 different schools, during his first nine years as a student.

BT 201906 inspiration 05Turning point

While he was living with Tony Henderson, he decided to apply for admission to Briarcrest Christian School. Hugh Freeze was his school football coach, and he told Oher that he will accept his application if Oher could complete a home study program first. Being a child that changed a lot of foster homes, he didn’t finish the program, but was admitted when the headmaster realized that his requirement had removed Oher from the public education system. Coached by Freeze and Tim Long, Briarcrest's offensive line coach, Oher was named Division II (2A) Lineman of the Year in 2003, and First Team Tennessee All-State. In 2004, he was adopted by a couple who had already had a daughter and a son. They were very caring of him, especially when they found out about his difficult past. So, they decided to help him out, at first by hiring a tutor for him, that worked with Oher for 20 hours per week.

In his junior year, he began to excel in football. Quickly, everybody realized how talented he was, so he became a top football prospect in the state of Tennessee, which led to multiple scholarship offers from Division 1 schools.

BT 201906 inspiration 02Go after your goals like nobody’s business

Oher was selected first-team Freshman All-America by The Sporting News and first team Freshman All-SEC for his play in 2005. After getting many offers, he accepted the scholarship from the University of Mississippi, where he played for the Ole Miss Rebels football team. In 2008, he was supposed to be a part of the NFL Draft, but two days before that, he decided to withdraw from it. He returned to Ole Miss for his senior season.

In the 2009 NFL Draft, Oher was selected the 23rd overall by the Baltimore Ravens. He had played 16 games for this team and helped this team reach the playoffs in his 1st season with the team.

During 2012-2013 season, with Oher’s help, Ravens were a part of the Super Bowl XLVII. This event was held in NOLA, where the Super Bowl pitted the Baltimore Ravens against the San Francisco 49ers.

In 2016, Oher was part of the Panthers team that played in Super Bowl 50. The same year he was offered a three-year contract extension with the Panthers worth $21.6 million with $9.5 million guaranteed. Unfortunately, on the 25th of November in 2016, he had a concussion, and on the 20th of July, 2017, he was released by the Panthers after a failed physical.

BT 201906 inspiration 06I try to win at everything

Oher has received many awards and honours during his college career, including: 2005 First Team Freshman All-American: 2005 First Team All-Quad Freshman Chrome [AQFC] Tackle Letius, 2005 First Team SEC All-Freshman, 2006 Second Team All-SEC, 2007 First Team All-SEC, 2008 First Team All-American, 2008 First Team All-SEC, 2008 Shug Jordan Award as the Southeast Offensive Lineman of the Year, 2008 Colonel Earl "Red" Blaik Leadership-Scholarship Award, 2008 Outland Trophy finalist, 2008 Conerly Trophy finalist, 2008 Lombardi Award semi-finalist, 2008 SEC Jacobs Blocking Trophy.

BT 201906 inspiration 07I beat the odds

His life is one of the Michael Lewis’ 2006 book, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, and was featured in the Academy Award-winning 2009 film The Blind Side. His portion of the book was adapted for film and was directed by John Lee Hancock. The Blind Side was released in the United States on November 20, 2009. The movie stars Quinton Aaron as Michael Oher, alongside Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw. The movie was nominated for Academy Awards for both The Best Picture and The Best Actress for Bullock. Bullock won an Oscar for her portrayal of Leigh Anne Tuohy.

Oher wrote his autobiography, I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness to The Blind Side and Beyond, in 2011.

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