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Michael Oher's life has been Sandra Bullock-ed

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The story of Michael Oher's journey from poverty to the NFL was well-publicized during this summer's draft coverage, but Hollywood will have a go at it this November in the form of the Sandra Bullock vehicle "The Blind Side."

The title is a reference to Oher's left tackle position -- the main function of which is to protect a quarterback's blind side.

Bullock, sporting blond hair and brandishing a Southern accent, plays Oher's adoptive mother, Leigh Anne Touhy.

Here's the trailer:

For those of you looking for the real story about Michael Oher without the Hollywood score and $10 cover charge, here's a video of Michael "Moneyball" Lewis, author of the book that inspired the "The Blind Side," talking about Oher's life:

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My name is Elizabeth Johnson and I live in Patterson, California. I am 26 years old and I am also a person who had to live through some horrible years of being abused and neglected as a child. The horror and loneliness I felt too left me crippled for even some of my adult life. I was also a ward of the state as a child. And I also felt all of the same feelings that I saw on the big screen today.

I am now a woman who tutors displaced children (wards of the state) in a private school and I love my life. I promised myself when I was a child that I would grow up and learn how to help others who felt just as lost as I did.

Today I took my students on a feild trip to see this movie. I was trully touched when I looked around the theater to see tears of joy and inspiration from the faces of my students. Thank You Michael Oher for inspiring my children to stay positive and determined to make it through. I think your story of survival and triumph should be told to all children in the United States.

Your life proves that anything is possible. It's amazing how someone whom I've never met (Michael Oher)has touched my heart. May God bless you Michael, and also your family for being beautiful human beings. And for also spreading your message to the world that anything in life is possible with love.

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