Michael Oher Net Worth: What Are His College Awards and Honors?
Former American football offensive tackle Michael Jerome Oher spent eight seasons in the National Football League (NFL), mostly with the Baltimore Ravens.
He played college football for Mississippi, where he was taken by the Ravens in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft and received unanimous All-American accolades. He also participated for the Carolina Panthers and Tennessee Titans.
One of the subjects of Michael Lewis’ 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game and the star of the Academy Award-winning 2009 film The Blind Side was Oher’s life during his senior year of high school and first year of college.
Michael Oher Early Life
Michael Jerome Williams Oher was an offensive lineman at Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, Tennessee. He was named Division II (2A) Lineman of the Year in 2003, and First-team Tennessee All-State. Oher’s father was murdered in prison when he was a senior in high school. His mother suffered from alcoholism and crack cocaine addiction, and his father was frequently in prison. Michael Oher played offensive linemen for the 2005 U.S.
Army All-American Bowl team and earned All-State honors in basketball and track and field as a senior at Briarcrest High School in Washington, D.C. In 2004, Scout.com rated Oher a five-star recruit and the No. 5 offensive lineman prospect in the country. Before that season and for his prior 20 months, Oher had been living with several foster families.
What Are Michael Oher’s Earnings and Net Worth?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, An offensive tackle in American football, Michael Oher is worth $16 million. The Academy Award-winning 2009 movie “The Blind Side,” starring Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw, told Oher’s personal experience. Quinton Aaron portrayed the part of Michael.
Michael Oher High School
During his first year of high school in a Memphis public high school, Oher started playing football. Oher’s junior year saw him start to shine in the football game. Oher was voted First Team Tennessee All-State and Division II Lineman of the Year in 2003. In addition, he received two letters each in basketball and track. Oher was the starting left tackle for the varsity football team at the start of his senior year. As a senior, he finished second in the state in the discus.
In his first year at a Memphis public high school, Oher started playing football. Oher began to shine in football in his junior year. Oher received first-team Tennessee All-State honors and was voted Division II Lineman of the Year in 2003. Basketball and track both saw him win two letters apiece. Oher was the starting left tackle for the football team’s varsity squad at the start of his senior year. As a senior, he finished second in the discus state championship.
Despite receiving scholarship offers from Tennessee, LSU, Alabama, Auburn, and South Carolina, he ultimately decided to play collegiate football with the Ole Miss Rebels at the University of Mississippi.
Michael Oher Career
Michael Oher’s guardians, Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy wanted him to attend the University of Mississippi. His decision to attend Ole Miss sparked an investigation by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The NCAA ruled that Ole Miss had committed no NCAA violations in its recruitment of Oher. Coach Hugh Freeze was found guilty of secondary violations for contacting other Memphis-area recruits before contacting Oher about potential scholarships.
Michael Oher was a unanimous first-team All-American at left tackle for the Ole Miss Rebels in the 2007 and 2008 seasons. He was named to various preseason All-Conference teams as a freshman and sophomore. In January 2008, Oher declared he would be entering the 2008 NFL Draft. Two days later, he announced his withdrawal from the draft to return to Ole Miss instead. He graduated with a degree in criminal justice in 2009.
College Awards and Honors
- 2005 First-team Freshman All-American
- 2005 First-team All-Quad Freshman Chrome [AQFC] Tackle Altius
- 2005 First-team SEC All-Freshman
- 2006 Second-team All-SEC
- 2007 First-team All-SEC
- 2008 First-team All-American
- 2008 First-team All-SEC
- 2008 Shug Jordan Award as the Southeast Offensive Lineman of the Year
- 2008 Colonel Earl “Red” Blaik Leadership-Scholarship Award
- 2008 Outland Trophy finalist
- 2008 Conerly Trophy finalist
- 2008 Lombardi Award semifinalist
- 2008 SEC Jacobs Blocking Trophy
The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, written by Michael Lewis in 2006, includes Oher as one of its subjects. The New York Times Magazine released sections of the book prior to its publication under the title “The Ballad of Big Mike.” John Lee Hancock adapted his section of the book for the big screen. On November 20, 2009, The Blind Side was made available in the United States.
Quinton Aaron plays Michael Oher in the film, which also stars Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw. Both Best Picture and Best Actress for Bullock nominations for the Academy Awards were made for the film. For her portrayal of Leigh Anne Tuohy, Bullock received an Oscar.
I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness to The Blind Side and Beyond, Oher’s autobiography was published in 2011.