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By Justin Fenton and Baltimore Sun reporter | May 25, 2010
As Michael Oher made his way around the room signing footballs, T-shirts, napkins - anything his young fans could get their hands on - he told them that he always wanted a better life. "So the movie was really about you?" one teenage girl asked. "Yeah," the Ravens offensive lineman replied, reaching across the table to sign a piece of paper. "It was rough. " Oher's story, portrayed in the book and movie "The Blind Side," has inspired millions, and on Monday he visited the Arrow Child and Family Ministries in Parkville to meet about 70 children going through similar challenges.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2013
Here's a greatly abridged list of facts that set Sean Tuohy Jr. apart from your average reserve on a mid-major college basketball team: Start with the Loyola guard's 23,379 Twitter followers. For a little perspective, the team's star, Dylon Cormier, has 643. Then there are the road crowds, which alternate between calling for Tuohy's entry to the game and booing him like he's J.J. Redick. All of this for a redshirt freshman who's played six minutes in his college career. Oh and three years ago, Tuohy watched Sandra Bullock - he calls her Sandy - win an Academy Award for portraying his mother, Leigh Anne.
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By Matt Vensel | October 20, 2011
Joe Flacco has been sacked 10 times in 2011 and slammed to the turf on 21 other occasions. Ravens fans gasp, the quarterback dusts himself off and his backup, Tyrod Taylor, lives to hold the clipboard for another play. The Ravens are tied for 22nd in the NFL in sacks allowed, but only eight teams have allowed their quarterback to get hit more often than the Ravens have with Flacco, who hasn't missed a snap to injury in four seasons. That's why Ravens right tackle Michael Oher believes Flacco is " easily the toughest quarterback in the NFL . " “Since my first year here, I've seen him take some hits, and nothing fazes the guy,” Oher said on “The Glenn Younes Show” on 105.7 The Fan on Wednesday night.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2013
Ravens right tackle Michael Oher (sprained ankle) practiced for a second straight day and he remains on track to play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. “Unusual guy - extremely tough, extremely dedicated and disciplined,” said offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell when asked about Oher. “He has a very, very high tolerance for pain. He's been able to get back out. He's obviously committed to this team, and he's working at it extremely hard.” Running back Bernard Pierce (thigh)
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By RICK MAESE and RICK MAESE,rick.maese@baltsun.com | April 26, 2009
The storyteller always knew he had the makings of a good tale. He was writing about a good kid, a promising football player and an unbelievable back story. In many ways, he had found the perfect character. But the most surprising thing - for the storyteller and especially for his subject - turned out to be the ending. "It's so seldom that things work out the way they're supposed to work," author Michael Lewis said, "that I'm a little shocked." Lewis profiled Oher in The Blind Side, the 2006 New York Times bestseller that is being turned into a movie.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,jamison.hensley@baltsun.com | July 31, 2009
The Ravens officially signed first-round pick Michael Oher on Thursday to a five-year contract, a multimillion-dollar deal that represents as much of an investment in franchise quarterback Joe Flacco as the rookie out of Mississippi. The contract is valued at up to $13.8 million, with $7.8 million guaranteed, according to an NFL source. When the Ravens take the field today for their first full-team practice of training camp, the 6-foot-4, 310-pound Oher is expected to line up as the team's right tackle, becoming the final piece of the Flacco Protection Plan.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,jamison.hensley@baltsun.com | May 20, 2009
The Ravens explained Tuesday that veteran offensive tackle Willie Anderson decided to retire because his legs could no longer carry the workload. There are no such questions about Michael Oher. The Ravens' first-round pick worked at right tackle with the first team, the second team, the third team ... Throughout team drills of Tuesday's passing camp, Oher continually showed why the Ravens aren't sweating Anderson's departure. He looked strong, athletic and surprisingly polished. "I won't say [the NFL]
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,jamison.hensley@baltsun.com | July 28, 2009
As quarterbacks, rookies and selected veterans reported to Ravens training camp Monday, they were greeted with questions about two players who weren't there: top wide receiver (Derrick Mason) and top draft pick (Michael Oher). While the Ravens seem certain that Oher will arrive by the end of the week, the same could not be said of Mason. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said he spoke with Mason a week ago and couldn't gauge whether his top target would change his mind about retirement. But it did seem that Flacco came away with a sliver of hope.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,jamison.hensley@baltsun.com | April 27, 2009
At his introductory news conference Sunday, Michael Oher showed that he is a fast learner. "I'm going to do everything I possibly can to get them to beat Pittsburgh," the Ravens' first-round draft pick said in his first answer to Baltimore reporters. Giving Oher (pronounced oar) a pat on the shoulder, Ravens coach John Harbaugh reiterated that the 6-foot-4, 309-pound offensive lineman will compete with Willie Anderson for the starting right tackle job. The pressure is on Oher to uphold the Ravens' tradition of rookies making an immediate impact.
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By MIKE PRESTON | October 11, 2009
Bengals WR Chris Henry vs. Ravens CB Chris Carr Henry, right, is tall and strong. He has good hands and is tough to match up with in the slot. Henry has decent speed and always comes up with a clutch catch late in the game. Carr had trouble handling the smaller Wes Welker last week, and he'll have problems with a bigger Henry today. Edge: Henry: Bengals DE Antwan Odom vs. Ravens LT Michael Oher If Jared Gaither (neck) doesn't play, Oher will get more challenges, certainly more speed, playing on the left side than the right side.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2013
Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher's life story was immortalized in "The Blind Side," the 2009 inspirational movie about his emergence as a football star after being adopted by a wealthy family following a rough childhood. The importance of the left tackle and how much promise Oher displayed at the position was a major premise of author Michael Lewis' book and the movie. Heading into his fifth NFL season and the final year of his rookie contract, it's become increasingly clear that Oher has a chance to excel at right tackle rather than protecting the quarterback's blind side as a left tackle.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2013
The Ravens were treated pretty well in NFL Network's Top 100 player rankings as voted on by the players. With the top 10 scheduled to be revealed Thursday night, six current Ravens ( Ray Rice , Joe Flacco , Haloti Ngata , Terrell Suggs , Jacoby Jones and Dennis Pitta ) have been included along with three other members of last year's Super Bowl-winning team ( Ed Reed , Bernard Pollard and Anquan Boldin ). However, there was one notable Ravens' omission and it certainly got the attention of starting right tackle Michael Oher . Despite making back-to-back AFC Pro Bowl teams and consistently grading out as one of the league's best offensive guards, Marshal Yanda was not recognized in the top 100, prompting Oher to question why. “Man who votes for the Top 100,” Oher wrote on his Twitter account.
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By Matt Vensel | May 6, 2013
Even if Bryant McKinnie does not prove to be an upgrade over Michael Oher, his return to the Ravens and the left tackle position should at least strengthen the Ravens at left guard and right tackle, where Oher will likely play. Make no mistake, though, Oher will still be in the crosshairs of formidable NFL pass rushers over at right tackle. In a story I wrote in December about Oher's future with the Ravens, I mentioned the theory that in today's NFL, the left tackle position, while still the most important position on the offensive line, might not be as valuable as it was a decade or so ago when Jonathan Ogden was steering pass rushers clear of Ravens quarterbacks.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2013
As the Orioles and Ravens try to work out a scheduling conflict that has put in jeopardy the NFL's hopes of opening up the regular season on Thursday, Sept. 5 at M&T Bank Stadium, the relationship between the two downtown neighbors has again come under scrutiny. That's a shame because over the past year or so, the synergy between the Orioles and Ravens never appeared better. Ravens players wore cartoon bird hats and frequently brought up the Orioles during their playoff run. When the Orioles played the New York Yankees at home in Game 2 of their playoff series, half the Ravens' roster was at Camden Yards.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | January 5, 2013
For the second time in three years, Michael Oher has started all 16 regular-season games at left tackle. The organization's top pick in the 2009 NFL draft, Oher has yet to miss a start in his NFL career, stringing together a remarkable run of avoiding serious injury. The 26-year-old also leads the Ravens offensive line in total snaps played this season (1,058), according to Football Outsiders. But Oher finished the regular season ranked 39th among offensive tackles in pass-blocking efficiency and surrendered 10 sacks, nine hits and 26 hurries, according to Pro Football Focus.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | December 28, 2012
Veteran safety Ed Reed was not the only Raven fined for actions during the team's 33-14 victory over the New York Giants last week. Ravens left tackle Michael Oher was fined $10,000 for a chop block on Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka  early in the third quarter. Oher was called for a personal foul on the play, one of his two penalities on the Ravens' 16-play, 82-yard drive that ended with Justin Tucker's 21-yard field goal. Earlier in that drive, Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith was called for a personal foul for a crack-back block.
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By Mike Preston, The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2011
Ravens S Ed Reed vs. Rams QB Sam Bradford Bradford is the real deal. He runs the Rams' offense and can make any throw and deliver the long ball with touch. For a young player, he runs the no-huddle offense pretty effectively. Because of the Rams' no-huddle approach, Reed will be a key in getting the secondary set. He'll also have plenty of tricks for Bradford and might be able to come away with an interception or two. Edge: Ravens Ravens DTs Terrence Cody and Haloti Ngata vs. Rams C Jason Brown This will be like old times for Brown and Ngata as far as butting heads.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,edward.lee@baltsun.com | October 5, 2009
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The prognosis appears promising for Jared Gaither. The starting left offensive tackle returned to Baltimore with his Ravens teammates after suffering what appeared to be a head or neck injury in the second quarter of the team's 27-21 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday. X-rays at Massachusetts General Hospital on Gaither's neck and shoulder were negative. He collided headfirst with quarterback Joe Flacco's back while trying to block on a passing attempt. A magnetic resonance imagining is expected today on the 6-foot-9, 340-pound Gaither, who was too big to fit into the MRI machine at the Boston hospital.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2012
Jonathan Ogden stood in the hallway at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, his Afro nearly scraping the ceiling. The towering former offensive tackle fiddled with a tiny new phone in his massive hands, nonchalantly describing one of the toughest positions in football and how Michael Oher was faring at it. Ogden, the first draft pick in Ravens history, could soon become the franchise's first homegrown player to be enshrined in the...
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By Edward Lee | October 31, 2012
In the aftermath of the Ravens' 23-16 win against the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 27, a pair of Browns accused the Ravens offense of engaging in dirty play. Safety Ray Ventrone alleged that the Ravens were participating in “extracurricular stuff,” and cornerback Dimitri Patterson backed up his teammate's assertion. The comments made few waves in Baltimore as the Ravens took a 3-1 record into a mini-bye at the time, but left tackle Michael Oher expressed surprise when informed Wednesday of the Browns' charges.
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