“I’m not trying to prove anything,” Oher reportedly said. “People look at me, and they take things away from me because of a movie. They don’t really see the skills and the kind of player I am. That’s why I get downgraded so much, because of something off the field.”
He continued, “This stuff, calling me a bust, people saying if I can play or not … that has nothing to do with football. It’s something else off the field. That’s why I don’t like that movie.”
The film portrays the story of how Sandra Bullock’s character, Leigh Anne Tuohy, and her family got Oher into football and ultimately Ole Miss, where he became an All-America left tackle and a first-round draft pick by the Ravens in 2009.
“That’s taken away from my football,” Oher said. “That’s why people criticize me. That’s why people look at me every single play.”
Oher may not be a fan of the film, but America sure seemed to enjoy it. “The Blind Side” grossed more than $300 million, and Bullock took home an Oscar and a Golden Globe award for her performance.
The NHL will gather its best players in Columbus at the end of the month for the annual (well, nearly annual) All-Star Game, and when the players hit the ice, they will be helping the league break in some new technology.
Elliott will run behind arguably the NFL’s best offensive line (Tyron Smith, La’el Collins, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin and Doug Free), take hand-offs from Tony Romoand play in an offense that also features Dez Bryant, Jason, Witten, Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley. That’s a recipe (minus Collins) that led to the best season of DeMarco Murray’s career just two years ago, when the former Cowboys star ran for 1,845 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Dallas let Murray walk last offseason for a big deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, and saw little drop-off in terms of per-carry production despite employing Joseph Randleand then Darren McFadden as their lead back.
That was confirmed Sunday when general manager Stan Bowman told Scott Powers of The Athletic that the team is expecting to iron out a deal with Panik, who’s an unrestricted free agent, to return to Chicago.
“It’s going to happen,” third baseman Todd Frazier said. “We worry about the mental mistakes, not the physical ones because we know eventually it’s going to happen.”