Posted Friday, November 24, 2006
Michael Oher, six-foot-five and 350 pounds, grew up one of 13 children in the worst neighborhoods in Memphis. Somehow, at the age of 16, he gained admission to an Evangelical Christian school on the other side of town. He tests mentally retarded, he doesn't know how to learn because he's never been in school for long enough to get good at it, and he's one of the most gifted athletes ever to don shoulder pads. Michael Lewis uses his story to explain how football has changed and how the left tackle (the offensive lineman who protects the quarterback's blind side) has become the most important player on the field.
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