I first heard about The Blind Side back in 2006 while I was driving home from work. Someone – probably someone at WGN – was interviewing the author and it peaked my interest enough to read the book. So, when I heard there was a movie based on the book, I was anxious to see it.
Saturday, I went with a friend. The movie did not disappoint. For those of you who aren’t familiar – this is the story of Michael Oher, a semi-homeless boy from a poor section of town. Through a series of circumstances, Briarcrest Christian School agreed to enroll him.
One chilly night, shortly before Thanksgiving, a well-to-do family sees Michael walking along the road in shorts, obviously homeless. They invite him to their house and eventually become his legal guardians. They also hire a tutor to get him through high school and into college – where he played four years of football for Old Miss. He now plays for the Baltimore Ravens.
Some critics question the Touhy’s motives. In fact, there were questions as to whether they took him only to prep him for playing football at their alma mater, but nothing was proved and the accusation doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
The Touhy’s Christianity is talked about more in the book than in the movie. The movie occasionally mentions their faith, but not often. Also, the dad was more part of the whole process in the book – but seemed to be in the background, smiling at one of his wife’s projects in the movie.
All in all, the story makes you think. To take a homeless kid (who weighed more than 300 pounds) into your home took a lot of courage and selflessness. Michael himself has said that it was a difficult thing for them to do and that he wouldn’t have invited himself into his own home.
The Touhys are still involved in Michael’s life – and were there when he was drafted by the Ravens.