Some of my favorite movies are sports movies; I love Hoosiers, Rudy, and Breaking Away. I recently watched The Blind Side, which is based on the life of Michael Oher, an offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens. Michael’s life from birth to his early high school years was one of hardship and poverty in Memphis. His mother was addicted to crack, and he never knew his father. These are the facts that could have made Michael just another statistic. How did he lift himself out of the life that seemed destined for him? The Blind Side was so inspiring that I wanted to know more about this young man; so I turned to his memoir, I Beat the Odds from Homelessness to the Blind Side, and Beyond. What impressed me throughout the memoir was that no matter what life threw at him, Michael was determined to succeed. When he was about eight or nine, he realized that sports could be his way out of poverty. He assumed it would be through basketball, but once he was accepted at Briarcrest Christian School, he started playing football and playing it very well.
Michael loves and respects the Tuohy family who took him in and helped him achieve his dreams, but it was his own courage, personal responsibility, and perseverance that brought him to a successful life.
Other books you might want to read are In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving by Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy and The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis.