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PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 6: Offensive lineman Michael Oher #74 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on from the sideline during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 6, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Ravens defeated the Steelers 23-20.
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Michael Oher, Who Inspired Blind Side , Opens Up About Mental Health: I'm 'Still Dealing with Trauma'

By Alyssa JohnsonMarch 15, 2021

Michael Oher tells PEOPLE about turning to therapy and helping others after his NFL career and The Blind Side.

Twelve years after the release of the Oscar-nominated film about his life, The Blind Side, retired pro football player Michael Oher is opening up about his continued healing from a difficult childhood.

Before his success in the NFL, the 2013 Super Bowl champion, 34, experienced poverty and homelessness in his home state of Tennessee. After time in and out of foster homes as his mother battled addiction, Oher was eventually adopted as a teen by the Tuohy family. His story of defying the odds became the inspiration for 2009's The Blind Side.