Ravens Lineman Can Create His Own Ending

Ravens Lineman Can Create His Own Ending

Practice had just ended, and the most famous offensive lineman in the N.F.L. was still feeling feisty. Spotting a Baltimore Ravens teammate rolling on an argyle dress sock, Michael Oher nodded his way and asked, “You’re not really going to put that on, are you?” A reporter wearing a sweatshirt adorned with lacrosse sticks moseyed toward Oher, who laughed and told him, “Man, you wouldn’t last a day in the hood.”

Oher survived 16 years in the North Memphis hood, the orphaned son of a murdered father and a cocaine-addicted mother, while bouncing around foster homes and 11 different schools. An affluent white family rescued Oher, who is African-American, initially providing food, clothing and a home, and eventually adopting him as he blossomed into one of the nation’s most coveted recruits.

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