Michael Oher is a celebrated American football player who is nowadays a free agent. He had a distraught childhood as his mother was an alcohol and drug addict while his father was often in prison. Until he was put in foster care he did not perform well even at school. He was later adopted by a couple while his stay at the foster care. His new family nurtured him with love and care and that resulted in his improved grades and interest in sports. Eventually he polished his craft and ended up joining ‘University Of Mississippi’ which was also the alma mater of his foster parents. Thereafter, there was no looking back and Oher now stands tall as one of the most revered football player in the American Football. His thoughts, opinions, views and life is a source of inspiration. Whatever he has said on-field or off-field has become quotable quotes. Read through some motivating quotes and sayings by Michael Oher.
Don't ever allow yourself to feel trapped by your choices. Take a look at yourself. You are a unique person created for a specific purpose. Your gifts matter. Your story matters. Your dreams matter. You matter.
There's a big difference between where I came from and the NFL. Things like this don't happen to people from there often. It just took a lot of hard work and dedication, staying on the right path, believing in myself, and having an inner drive.
I'm not trying to prove anything. People look at me, and they take things away from me because of a movie. They don't really see the skills and the kind of player I am. That's why I get downgraded so much, because of something off the field.
Not every day where I'm from do people get a movie made about them.
For me, I was always just a down-to-earth guy. From Day 1 my rookie year, I've been the same. As an offensive lineman, we just want to be under-the-radar, humble guys, just like to do our work and not be noticed.
I've learned not to buy into what other people say. I've learned not to put dreams in other people's hands.
No kid ever truly forgets when they’ve experienced neglect, abuse, and heartbreak.
Children who have been taken to live in the foster system are twice as likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder than are American military members returning from war zones.
Offensive linemen don't get looked at. Nobody is paying attention to the offensive line. But me? I'm getting watched for everything. I know what type of player I am. Everybody else that I know knows what type of player I am.
I think there's a need for more oversight by social workers, because there are a lot of foster parents who are just collecting checks. They need to look closely into the backgrounds of the people whose hands you're putting the kids into and then continue to monitor them.
I would have - I didn't really have to be an athlete. I could have been, you know - worked in fast food, been a janitor, anything. I would have had two or three jobs, working long hours, you know, to support myself and for my family in the future. I would have been successful.