Michael Oher Quotes

  • I think I could handle right tackle. With great coaches, I think I can handle anything.
  • Do what's best for you, and do it to the best of your ability - go after your goals like nobody's business.
  • Of course, we all need angels. I had to have one over my head throughout my life, even right now. The odds of my making it were slim to none. So you have to have an angel. You have to believe.
  • I always felt that I was, you know, smart. I just didn't have a lot of the resources that everybody else had... It was tough for me to catch up.
  • I know I didn't want to get caught up in the cycle of drugs and violence that was around me. Deep down inside, I felt there was something better outside the situation I was in.
  • 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.
  • Anything is possible. My background is a bad background, but a lot of people said I couldn't do it. You can do anything if you put your mind to it.
  • I'm not dumb, I just wasn't educated.
  • I'm a left tackle. I like playing left tackle. That's my position. I think I can do it better than anybody.
  • People mess up all the time. Michael Vick, he made some mistakes. He surrounded himself around the wrong people. And you've got to be careful with that. But he's redeemed himself and came back.
  • Obviously I'm not to where Michael Jordan is, but trying to get to some level where he was and just striving for the best. That's what got me here.
  • I would have dreams all the time about me playing in the NFL. Every day I woke up, I said to myself, you know, I'm going to work hard, you know, this day to get to that next level.
  • 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.
  • People who watch 'The Blind Side,' they're not going to have a chance to get to know me. People I'm close to, as long as they know me, know who I am, I don't have a problem with it.
  • 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've learned not to buy into what other people say. I've learned not to put dreams in other people's hands.
  • Not every day where I'm from do people get a movie made about them.
  • I try to win at everything.
  • Family is very important. Me and my brothers were very close when I was growing up. We did a lot of things together to survive. If you have family behind you, the sky's the limit.
  • I love Baltimore, I definitely look at it as home, somewhere I'm very comfortable.
  • 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.
  • Everyone knows someone struggling in some kind of way. You are a role model to so many people, even if you don't realize it. Take someone under your wing. Show them the right way to do things.