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The Blind Side Essay

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 League. This will be a story told for generations and used as an example to never have a cold heart and to always help somebody out as much as possible. ” Who would have thought we’d have a black son before we had a democrat?” – Sean Tuohy

A significant event in Michael’s life is when he and SJ were very siked about the new madden game that had just come out and so they wanted to go get it. Michael had just gotten his license so he and SJ asked Leigh Anne if they could go get it. She let them but would soon regret it, as Michael and SJ were driving there they started to dance and sing to the radio and Michael got very distracted from the road causing them to crash. Michael wasn’t hurt bad but he was very shookin up and was freaking out while Leigh Anne was trying to calm him down. Michael was mostly scared for SJ as was Leigh Anne and when she went to check on him he was very bloody and in an ambulance. By the time Leigh Anne went to see him he was already cracking jokes and seemed fine, the only thing he was worried about was if the blood in his shirt would stain or not. “I mean any fool can have courage. But honor, that’s the real reason for you either do something or you don’t.” –Michael

There were many ways That Michael had changed over time. Michael went from living on the streets to now in the NFL as one of the best players. Michael had started out as living in a very poor and crime filled neighborhood where there were constantly murders and robberies and shootings. He then went to living in the gym of his private school and Laundromat of the town to spending the night at the Tuohys. He was only supposed to stay there for a little until one night turned into Him being adopted by Sean and Leigh Anne. Michael then went from there to living in college as one of the best players in all of college and then to NFL superstar.

Michael has changed so drastically from having no education or family or even a spare change of clothes nor a warm bed, food, or even a room to call his. I Truly believe that if the Tuohys had done what they did for him Michael would be dead by now and never made a name for himself or ever played football. “You threaten my son, you threaten me.” –Leigh Anne

The title is called the blind side. The blind side refers to the blind spot behind a quarterback when he is passing, and the offensive left tackle is the player assigned to protect the quarterback. Michael Oher plays the offensive tackle position. The OT is like a bodyguard for the QB. But I think the title goes beyond the position in football and job for the outside tackle. Other than the football meaning for the title I think it also goes along with neither of them, meaning the family and Michael knew what was coming when they both decided to be a huge part of each other’s lives. Neither of them realized that what was supposed to be just helping someone in need turned into being a family taking in another and calling them their own. “With men this is impossible; with God all things are possible.” -The famous saying in front of the Christian school.

“When big tony put the two boys in his car on the west side of Memphis and drove them out, he was taking the longest journey he could imagine, and yet he only had to travel about fifteen miles. Driving east, he left the third poorest zip code in the United States and headed toward some of the richest people on earth. He left a neighborhood in which he could drive all day without laying eyes on a white person for one where a black person was a bit of a curiosity. Memphis could make you wonder why anyone ever bothered to create laws segregating the races. More than a million people making many millions of individual choices generated an outcome not so different from a law forbidding black people and white people from mingling. As Big Tony puttered along in his ancient Ford Taurus, he passed what was left of Hurt Village, a barracks-style housing project built for white working-class families in the mid-1950s, reoccupied by blacks, and, in the end, controlled by gangs: Hurt Village was where Big Tony had grown up.

He passed schools that had once been all white and were now all black. He passed people, like himself, in old clothes driving old cars. He passed Second Presbyterian Church, from which Martin Luther King Jr. Staged his last march before he was shot and killed now abandoned and boarded shut. Further east, he passed the relatively prosperous black church, Mississippi Boulevard, housed in a building abandoned by the white Baptists when they fled further east to a new church so huge and sprawling that it had been dubbed Six Flags over Jesus. Even God, in the west end of Memphis, felt like a hand-me-down.

As Big Tony drove east he left what was, in effect, a secondhand city occupied by black people and entered the place for which it had been exchanged: a brand-new city, created by Born Again white people. And now here came Big Tony, chugging along in his beat-to-hell Taurus, chasing after them.” P.G. 45. I find this passage very important in the book because it talks about how Big tony was just trying to get his son into a good school so he could become an NBA point guard someday and being famous, but ends up getting started one of the most memorable sports stories in the history of American Football, if it wasn’t for Big tony, probably none of this would’ve happened.

“The Blind Side Quotes.” BookRags. BookRags, n.d. Web. 09 Dec. 2012.

Lewis, Michael. “3.” The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game. New York: W.W. Norton, 2006. N. pag. Print.


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