Michael Oher | Family, Siblings, Career & Documentary

Despite stressful childhood Michael Oher, one of the most successful retired footballers in the history of the NFL was able to rank second in the Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award poll. 

The character behind the famous novel “The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game” and the movie based on it, Michael Oher, retired from professional football in 2017 after failing a physical.

With a net worth of $20 Million, Oher is currently active in the foundation Beat the Odds, Inc

In this article, we are going through his story of becoming the most influential and motivating footballer in such a quick time. 

Michael Oher has played 8 NFL Seasons. (Source: Instagram)

So more to go on in Michael Oher’s life, including achievements, family, mental health, siblings, and more. Keep Reading!

Quick Facts

Full NameMichael Jerome Oher
Known AsMichel Oher
Birth DateMay 28, 1986
Birth PlaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States
Nick NameBig Mike
ReligionNot Known
EducationUniversity of Mississippi
Biological FatherMichael Jerome Williams
Biological MotherDenise Oher
Adoptive FatherSean Tuohy
Adoptive MotherLeigh Anne Tuohy
Biological Siblings12
Adoptive Siblings2 (Collins Tuohy and Sean Tuohy Jr.)
Age36 Years Old
Height6 feet 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight315 lbs. (143 kg)
Hair ColorBlack
Eye ColorBlack
Net Worth$20 million
ProfessionFormer American Football Player
PositionOffensive lineman, Tackle
Teams that he played forBaltimore Ravens

Tennessee Titans

Carolina Panthers

PhilanthropyMaking it Happen Foundation
BookThe Blind Side: Evolution of a Game

I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness to The Blind Side and Beyond (Autobiography)

MovieThe Blind Side
MerchFootball CardsPosters
Social MediaInstagramTwitterFacebook
Last UpdateNovember, 2022

Michael Oher | Early Life, Family & Education

Michael was born to Michael Jerome Williams and Denise Oher in Memphis, Tennessee, and grew up with 12 siblings. 

He never received proper care and guidance as a child since his mother was addicted to alcohol and crack cocaine, whereas his Father spent most of his life in prison.

Young Michael
Michael spent his childhood in Hurt Village, a housing project in North Memphis.

Michael’s Father was shot and killed, then thrown off an overpass west of Memphis. It happened while Michael was still in high school, and he learned about his Father’s death only after 3 months.  

At the age of seven, Micheal was sent to foster care. He attended Briarcrest Christian School and joined the school football team in 2003. According to some sources, Michael was not immediately let into Briarcrest and was told to participate in home school to improve their grades.

However, Tony Henderson (aka Big Tony) helped him to get into this high school.

Michael was selected as a Division II Lineman of the Year and later as starting member of the Tennessee All-State team. 

Briarcrest Christian School receives an @NFL #SBHonorRoll ball for producing a great player and BCS Alumni: Michael Oher!
Briarcrest Christian School receives an @NFL #SBHonorRoll ball for producing a great player and BCS Alumni: Michael Oher!

Before Briarcrest, Michael changed 11 schools in 9 years and was often found skipping classes.

In a year, he was absent for 51 days in classes. However, he recalls, it was easy to skip classes, but somewhere inside, he knew this was not what he wanted

Despite receiving scholarships from various universities, he chooses the University of Mississippi.

He just wanted to play under Ed Orgeron, one of the head football coaches at the University of Mississippi (2005-2007).

In 2009, he graduated from the University with a degree in criminal justice.

Michael Oher’s Adoptive Family

Collins Tuohy was together in one of the classes with Michael Oher. She told her about a big quiet new guy in her class to her Father, Sean Tuohy.

Sean tried to learn more about Michael and knew that Michael remained hungry all day long. That was when Sean started paying for his lunch.

Sean met Michael for the first time at the stands of the Briarcrest gym. 

Collins Tuohy is the daughter of Sean Tuohy (the Adoptive father of Michael) whereas Lily Collins is the one who played Ms. Tuohy's character in the film
Collins Tuohy is the daughter of Sean Tuohy (the Adoptive Father of Michael), whereas Lily Collins is the one who played Ms. Tuohy’s character in the film “The Blind Side.”

Michael belonged to a low-income family, and there was no one to take care of him and his siblings. So forcefully he was sent to a foster home.

But the turning point of life for Michael came when Tuohy Family adopted him.

From Left – [Standing] – Sean Tuohy Jr, Michael Oher, Sean Tuohy [Sitting] – Collins Tuohy, Leigh Anne Tuohy
Tuohy’s family accepted Michael as their family member when he was 16 years and became a legal guardian when he turned 17.

Tuohy family consists of the Tuohy couple, Sean Tuohy and Leigh Anne Tuohy, and their two children. Daughter Collins Tuohy and son Sean Tuohy Jr.

Leigh Anne Tuohy is an American Businesswoman and interior designer, whereas Sean Tuohy is an American sports commentator and restaurateur.

Michael Oher’s Siblings

As mentioned earlier, Michael is one of the twelve children of Michael Jerome Williams and Denise Oher. However, he has two more siblings from his adoptive parents’ side.

Adoptive Siblings

Collins Tuohy, born on December 29, 1986, Collins Tuohy is Michael’s adoptive sister. Besides Michael, Collins also has one brother, Sean Tuohy Jr.

Collins Tuohy is the co-owner and director of marketing of the Whimsy Cookie Company. In 2016, she launched Collins Closets-a lifestyle, fashion, and travel blog.

Michael Oher with his adoptive sister Collins Tuohy
Michael Oher with his adoptive sister Collins Tuohy (Source: pinterest.com)

Besides that, Collins is happily married to her long-time boyfriend, Canon Smith. Canon is a former college quarterback and son of FedEx founder and CEO Fred Smith.

Sean Tuohy Jr-  Born on July 4, 1993, Sean Tuohy Jr is the adoptive brother of Michael Oher.

He is more famous for how he was portrayed in the acclaimed movie “The Blind Side.”

Furthermore, Sean has played guard as a basketball player for Loyola Greyhounds. Currently, Sean Tuohy Jr.

Now is working as an Associate Athletics Director at the University of Central Florida.

Biological Siblings

Michael’s biological siblings are namely:

Denise OherDenise is the only blood sister of Michael. She was named after her mother and worked at FedEx. 
Carlos OherCarlos is a former footballer offensive tackle who played in the NFL. 
Marcus WatkinsMarcus is the half-brother of Michael Oher. Marcus is very close to Michael and works in the cleaning business. 
Juan Antonio “Deljuan” OherDeljuan died in a car accident at 24 on September 16, 2007. He was also known as Mann
John OherNothing much is known about John. He is said to be living in Memphis, Tennessee.
Rico OherRico is a half-brother of Michael and is currently living in Memphis with his wife and kids. 
Andre OherHe is also a half-brother of Michael. 
Tara OherTara is a half-sister of Michael. 

Michael Oher's Family
Michael Oher’s Family – Only 8 of Oher’s siblings are known. 

Michael Oher | Career

College Career

Despite receiving scholarship offers from Tennessee, LSU, Alabama, Auburn, and South Carolina, Michael chose to play for Ed Oregan at the University of Mississippi, the alma mater of his adoptive parents.

This part is beautifully portrayed in the movie “The Blind Side.” 

Oher started playing with Ole Miss Rebels as an offensive guard in ten games and became a first-team freshman All-American.

After shifting to the left tackle position for the 2006 season, he was named to various preseason All-Conference and All-American teams.

This led him to be named ‘Division II (2A) Lineman of the Year and ‘First Team Tennessee All-State.’ Scout.com also rated Oher as a ‘five-star recruit.’

After being named ‘No five offensive lineman prospect in the country,’ he appeared in the limelight. This turned him to get a new family.

Along with sports, Oher worked equally hard in the academic sector to get accepted into the NCCA program. In 2005, he participated in U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

He announced the news of joining the 2008 NFL Draft.

But a few days later, he withdrew his decision and joined ‘Ole Miss Rebels’ senior team. Moreover, he was named ‘First-team All-American’ at the end of the season.

In 2009, he also graduated from University with a degree in criminal justice.

Professional Career

Michael was selected in the 2009 NFL Draft by ‘Baltimore Ravens.’ Later, he signed a 5-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens with a payment of $13.8 million.

At the beginning of the season, he started with the correct tackle position.

However, he returned to the left tackle after a minor injury but later joined the proper tackle position.

In January 2010, in the first season, the Ravens won against the New England Patriots by 33-14.

Similarly, in February 2013, Michael won his first Super Bowl Ring after the Ravens won against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII by 34-31.

With the end of a 5-year contract with the Ravens, Oher joined Tennessee Titans with a deal for 4-year.

Due to many injuries, he missed many games, and this led him to leave the team.

After their termination with the Tennessee Titans, he signed a two-year contract with the Carolina Panthers.

He started with the left tackle, as announced by the General Manager of the Panthers. His contract was extended for two more years on June 17, 2016.

Because of several injuries, he terminated his contract with the Carolina Panthers on July 20, 2017.

Michael Oher’s Number

Michael has played with different jersey numbers. 

74Baltimore RavensTackle
73Carolina PanthersTackle
72Tennessee TitansTackle

Michael Oher’s Retirement

Michael Oher announced his retirement from football in 2017.

The NFL veteran failed his physical for the 2017 season and was eventually released by Carolina Panthers. Injuries one after another led to the unfortunate retirement of Michael Oher. And his story shows what NFL players go through on the field. 

What is Michael Oher Doing Now?

According to his Instagram page, Oher is engaged in Oher Foundation, which helps youths in education and creates opportunities for underprivileged kids. 

Also, Oher and the Tuohy family run the “Making it Happen Foundation.”

The foundation touches lives by supporting low-income schools, assisting students’ journey to college, and helping and encouraging foster moms.

The Tuohys, with Oher, have been operating the foundation since 2009. 

Michael Oher was himself one of those children who required assistance once upon a time. He was blessed to have been adopted and cherished by a loving family. 

After completing his purpose on the field via football, Oher has dedicated his life to helping people going through a similar situation that he had been in years ago in Tennessee. 

Michael Oher | Age, Height & Physical Appearance

At the moment, Michael is 36 years old with the sun sign Gemini.

And people with the Gemini sun signs are known to be emotionally strong and kind. Oher’s height is around 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m), and he weighs about 315 lbs (143 kg).

Michael Oher (Source: Instagram)

His physical body measurements are not available at the moment.

But we believe that being a player, he takes good care of his health, following specific fitness tips and diet plans.

Likewise, he belongs to the American native with Afro-American ethnicity.

Who is Michael Dating? Does Michael Oher have children?

Being one of the most prominent and celebrated personalities in the sports world, fans are always curious about who Michael is dating or if he is married.

Michael is one of those players who loves to keep his personal and relationship life private. However, he is a married man.

It was only in 2017 that rumors of Michael having a wife came out after a fight with an Uber driver.

The Uber driver sued Michael claiming an assault by Michael. During this time, Oher admitted to having a wife. 

Michael Oher with his Wife, Tiffany Ray Son and Touhy Family
Michael Oher with his Wife, Tiffany Ray’s Son, and Tuohy Family (Image Source: Glamour Buff)

He married a beautiful woman and an incredible wife, Tiffany Roy. Nevertheless, the happy couple is as secretive as ever. They have 1 child together. 

Regardless, we know they run a non-profit organization, ‘Beat The Odds Inc.’ Moreover, Michael is the president, and Tiffany is the organization’s vice president. 

Tiffany runs an online boutique store called Feminish Collection. 

Michael Oher’s Book & Movie

Michael Lewis translated Michael Oher’s life into the book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game. 

This book features the life of Michael from his high school journey. Later, the book was showcased in a beautiful movie directed by John Lee Hancock. The film was released on November 20, 2009. 

Movie Poster - The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game
Quinton Aaron Portrayed Michael Oher in the Movie. Sandra Bullock portrayed the role of Leigh Anne Tuohy.

The movie shows Michael’s upbringing, early school days, and what kind of love and affection he received in the Tuohy Family.

Moreover, the film grossed around $300 million and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.

Moreover, in 2011, Michael published his autobiography named I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness to The Blind Side and Beyond.

Michael Oher | Awards & Achievement

Throughout his career, Micheal has received many awards and was honored for his laudable feat in sports.

However, from an early stage of his life, his excellence in football has reached a top level.

Let’s look at some of the prestigious awards and achievements of NFL stars.

  • First Team Freshman All-American, First Team All-Quad Freshman Chrome [AQFC], First Team SEC All-Freshman – 2005
  • Second Team All-SEC – 2006
  • First Team All-SEC – 2007
  • First Team All-American and First Team All-SEC – 2008. 
  • Outland Trophy finalist, Conerly Trophy finalist, Lombardi Award semifinalist, SEC Jacobs Blocking Trophy – 2008

Michael Oher’s Net Worth

Former American Football Offensive Tackle Michael Oher has a net worth of $16 million.

He has signed four big contracts worth multi-million dollars for three teams in the NFL.

Similarly, he signed a contract with the Baltimore Ravens for $13.8 million. His signing contract with Tennessee Titans is $20 million, and Carolina Panthers is $7 million.

Moreover, the Panthers extended his contract for two years with $21.6 million, with $9.5 million guaranteed.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is Michael Oher’s biological mother alive?

Michael Oher’s biological mother, Denise Oher, is fine and living in a new home now. She currently lives in South Memphis.

Moreover, Denise has been into alcoholism and drug-taking most of her adulthood, and she acknowledges that her mal habits wrecked the Oher family.

Nonetheless, Denise is slowly and steadily turning her life around.

However, Denise has complained that she barely gets to hear from Michael. The mother-son duo is not on the most amicable terms.

How did Leigh Tuohy meet Michael Oher?

Leigh Tuohy and her husband, Sean Tuohy, were driving on a cold night. The couple spotted a young boy walking in minimal clothes, which could barely keep him warm.

The boy was just wearing a T-shirt and shorts in the cold. Leigh could not resist and asked her husband to turn the vehicle around toward the young boy. 

It was Michael Oher, lonely and helpless. The Tuohys, with God’s grace, could fulfill that need.

Henceforth, Michael became the fifth member and third child of the Tuohy family.

Which team is Michael Oher on?

Michael Oher has been without an NFL team since the year 2017. Moreover, he was last associated with the Carolina Panthers.

Where is the Tuohy family now?

Tuohy family now lives in Memphis, Tennessee, and are proud parents of three. Leigh Anne Tuohy is 62 years old, and Sean Tuohy is 63 years old as of 2022.

Leigh Anne has published 3 books, and the couple owns 11 fast-food franchises. 

According to her Instagram account, Collins Tuohy is working as a speaker and a Fashion, Lifestyle, and Travel Blogger.

She is involved in Whimsy Cookie Company, which sells custom-made cookies. 

Sean Tuohy Jr. is now working as an Associate Athletics Director at the University of Central Florida.

How much is the Tuohy Family worth?

Sean Tuohy is worth $25 million, and Leigh Anne Tuohy has a net worth of $50 million. The Tuohy family’s net worth is around $75 million, per sources. 

Note: Article updated on 19th June 2022

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    • Why must people always look and find flaws. What i took away from this story is that the family who helped him were awesome. And that he too was a good man for he accepted thier help. It takes two to tango as they say. And Michael’s kind good nature worked well with this family. I would love to foster children and help them be safe and loved I just don’t know how to do it. So i try and help people i meet. Finally something good. Im tired of all the bad news and stories this story always gives me hope in humanity again.

  1. Amy, as I first started reading this article by Basha, I thought the same thing, but as I continued, it seemed like the writer is young and most likely English is a second language. Then I clicked on Bashas’s byline and realized that seems to be true.

    April, very good points.

  2. Although poorly written, it does a good job of reporting the facts. I pray Michael finds a nice woman to settle down with and have a family.

  3. I know what Michael went through as a kid. I wish someone had adopted me, but I was fortunate that after spending about 18 months on the road (14-15 1/2 years old), I was finally placed in an orphanage in Texas. I lived in Kansas but after my younger 6 siblings were adopted, I took off to see what was “out there”. The Home was a blessing in that I finished high school, finished college with 3 majors, garnered an MBA later. I certainly never made the money that Michael did, but I think my life counts as an example that no matter how you start, if you work hard enough and long enough, you will eventually succeed. I am now retired with my wife of 54 years, have 2 great daughters who come visit as often as they can. I struggled until I graduated from college, and I got married 3 years later, and that really turned my life to the better. My two daughters just added to my blessings. God is great, looked after me all those years when I had no idea where I was headed, etc, but He had a plan that was slowly unveiled over the years!! But I’m happy for Michael and am glad he is now helping others… and the Tuohy family is such a great example of sharing their gifts.


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