In football, as in life, the value we place on people changes with the rules of the games they play. The young man at the center of this extraordinary and moving story, Michael Oher, will one day be among the most highly paid athletes in the NFL. When we first meet him, he is one of thirteen children by a mother addicted to crack; he does not know his real name, his father, his birthday, or any of the things a child might learn in school-such as, say, how to read or write. Nor has he ever touched a football. What changes? He takes up football, and school, after a rich, Evangelical, Republican family plucks him from the mean streets. Their love is the first great force that alters the world's perception of the boy, whom they adopt. The second force is the evolution of NFL itself into a game where the quarterback must be protected at any cost. Our protagonist turns out to be the priceless combination of size, speed, and agility necessary to guard the quarterback's greatest vulnerability: his blind side. Also starring Kathy Bates and featuring appearances by real NCAA coaches Phillip Fulmer, Nick Saban, Lou Holtz and Tommy Tuberville and directed by John Lee Hancock. Based on the book by Michael Lewis, The Blind Side opens in theaters on November 20th
The Blind Side was released November 20th, 2009 and stars Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron, Jae Head, Lily Collins, Ray McKinnon, Kim Dickens, Adriane Lenox. The film is directed by John Lee Hancock.