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Michael Oher

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 5, 2013 - You might not think someone the size of “The Blind Side” character Michael Oher would have a problem with bullying. But Quinton Aaron, who played Michael to Sandra Bullock’s Leigh Anne Tuohy in the 2009 Academy Award-winning film based on a true story, was once afraid to walk home from school.

Now 28, Aaron is telling his story with the launch of the Quinton Aaron Foundation’s 31-city Anti-Bullying Tour. On Sunday, April 7, the tour stops in St. Louis for a bowling event at AMF Dick Weber Lanes in Florissant.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 2, 2011 - Pro-football player Michael Oher describes much of his life these days as a bonus, and he vows that he will never take any of it for granted.

"I will never wake up and say, 'This is what was supposed to happen to me.' Or, 'This is what I deserve.' Because I don't think that," said Oher, 24, whose hard road out of the Memphis inner-city ghetto has been well-documented in a series of books and the popular movie "The Blind Side."

Commentary: Trouble comes from the blind side

Nov 19, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 19, 2009 - I recently read Michael Lewis' "The Blind Side." The book relates the remarkable story of Michael Oher, a black kid from Memphis who was taken from the ghetto by an affluent white couple, Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy, and raised alongside their children as one of their own.

The Tuohys enrolled young Oher in an exclusive private school and hired a tutor to help him catch up to his classmates academically. Under their tutelage, he developed into an adequate student and an outstanding left offensive tackle on the school's football team.