Source: bleacherreport.com | Re-Post Duerson Fund 8/9/2017 –
The story of Michael Oher has become so large, so legendary, that in some ways we’ve forgotten there’s a real human being underneath it all.
In many ways, what’s happened to Oher represents what happens to many NFL players. They bash their heads in (by choice). They play with brain injuries that would sideline normal human beings for months (by choice).
We cheer them, we love them, we hate them. In most cases, we never get to truly know them, or understand, or care, what is happening to their bodies. This is especially true with offensive linemen like Oher. They are nothing but helmets and shoulder pads and numbers.
They make millions, we tell ourselves. They make choices, we say. That is all true. When some of them end up so brain damaged they can’t function in their 40s, or have suicidal thoughts in their 30s, we shake our heads—damn, that’s a shame—and move on. When does camp start?
Oher became one of the more famous players of his generation. He was an All-American at the University of Mississippi. His life was chronicled in the 2006 best-selling book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis. That book was adapted into the Academy Award-winning movie The Blind Side.