I Beat the Odds

From Homelessness, To the Blind Side, and Beyond

by Michael Oher and Don Yaeger

I Beat the Odds

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Book Summary

The NFL athlete made famous by the book and movie "The Blind Side" reflects on the disparity between his youth and his present-day circumstances, sharing perspectives on his inner-city childhood, relationship with his adoptive family, and views on role models.

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An offensive tackle for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, Michael Oher was the inspiration for the Oscar-winning feature film The Blind Side. His memoir, I Beat the Odds, was inspired by the letters from foster kids that he received after the film was made. They wanted to hear Oher's story in his own words, about how he became a successful athlete after growing up with a crack-addicted mother, and changing homes and schools until he found a loving adoptive family. "I

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