Updated 04:06 PM EST, Sun, Feb 28, 2021

Carolina Panthers LT Michael Oher Claims 'The Blind Side' Movie Compromised His NFL Career

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Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Michael Oher recently revealed that the movie "The Blind Side," which centered on his life, seemed to have smeared his name in the league.

Oher told The Guardian that the 2009 movie left a negative effect on his football career. 

"[It's] taken away from my football. That's why people criticize me. That's why people look at me every single play,'' he said.

He noted in an ESPN report that people now look at him differently because of the film. 

"I'm not trying to prove anything. People 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 explained.

The movie, according to The Guardian is based on the 2006 Michael Lewis best-seller "The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game," which retold Oher's rise from poverty to playing professional football with the help of the couple who adopted him. Sandra Bullock played as Oher's mother in the movie. It reportedly earned more than $300 million and gave Bullock a Best Actress Oscar award.

Meanwhile, according to the Washington Post, Oher claimed that his character in the film was "inaccurate" and that he was seen as a "simple-minded kid" who only learned how to play football when he was adopted by the Tuohy family.

"I always knew how to play football growing up. Playing football is what got me to this point," he was quoted by the Washington Post as saying.

According to ESPN, Oher also expressed his concern about being associated with the movie when he was part of Baltimore's success during the Super Bowl 2012.

"I'm tired of the movie. I'm here to play football," the football player said.

Despite his effort with the team, the Ravens did not re-sign him after his contract expired, since he also had a lot of issues in 2013. He then transferred to the Tennessee Titans the following year, inking a $20 million deal but ESPN said he was released during the offseason due to a toe injury, which made him play only 11 games.

Now that he is with the Panthers, there is renewed hope that he will be able to revive his career.

After getting acquired by the team, Oher expressed in an NBC Sports report his happiness for being part of the Panthers.

"It seemed like they wanted me. I got the [same] feeling going into my rookie year of not wanting to let guys down and guys with a winning culture," he said.

Oher also said that this is an opportunity for him to do things right. "Looking myself in the mirror knowing what I have to do and getting better from within."

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