I Beat the Odds by Michael Oher
From Homelessness, to The Blind Side, and Beyond

79%

7 Critic Reviews

Often preachy, but Oher scores points with good intentions and an unrelentingly positive message.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

The football star made famous in the hit film (and book) The Blind Side reflects on how far he has come from the circumstances of his youth. Michael Oher shares his personal account of his story, in this inspirational New York Times bestseller.

Looking back on how he went from being a homeless child in Memphis to playing in the NFL, Michael talks about the goals he had to break out of the cycle of poverty, addiction, and hopelessness that trapped his family. Eventually he grasped onto football as his ticket out and worked hard to make his dream into a reality. With his adoptive family, the Touhys, and other influential people in mind, he describes the absolute necessity of seeking out positive role models and good friends who share the same values to achieve one's dreams. Sharing untold stories of heartache, determination, courage, and love, I Beat the Odds is an incredibly rousing tale of one young man's quest to achieve the American dream.

 

About Michael Oher

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MICHAEL OHER is an American football offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Ravens in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft. He played college football at the University of Mississippi for the Ole Miss Rebels. He is best known as the subject of Michael Lewis's 2006 book, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, and the even more popular 2009 film, The Blind Side, in which Michael was portrayed by Quinton Aaron. DON YAEGER is a former associate editor for Sports Illustrated. He is the author of seven books and coauthor of the New York Times bestsellers Under the Tarnished Dome: How Notre Dame Betrayed Ideals for Football Glory and Never Die Easy: The Autobiography of Walter Payton.
 
Published February 7, 2012 by Perfection Learning. 250 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for I Beat the Odds
All: 7 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Above average
on Feb 08 2011

Often preachy, but Oher scores points with good intentions and an unrelentingly positive message.

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Washington Times

Good
on Mar 06 2011

“I Beat the Odds” successfully expresses Mr. Oher’s winning attitude, with a life story to back it up, and can help many others reach their own magnificent potential.

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LA Times

Good
on Feb 07 2011

Now Oher has decided it's time to tell his story himself...The confidence gained from his accomplishments and the attention that comes with being a star offensive lineman with the NFL's Baltimore Ravens have unleashed his spirit of expression.

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North Jersey

Good
on Feb 23 2011

Where "Odds" succeeds most is in going beyond what we have seen — overglossed as it may have been — and into an assessment of life after your life story is put on the big screen.

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Bleacher Report

Good
on Mar 27 2012

The man himself, Big Mike, towers above it all with his own penmanship on...His autobiography with Don Yaeger truly blindsides you, with true grit, realness and iconic inspiration. You couldn't script it any better, with all due respect.

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Oconee Regional Library

Good
on Feb 26 2011

...I hope this book becomes as widely distributed as possible. "I Beat the Odds" is a sterling example of how a book, not a web page or any blog or email, can be read, touched, and read again to plant the seeds of hope in someone's life.

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Holy Turf

Good
on May 16 2011

Oher does write about his time with the Tuohy family...I found that part interesting as well. Oher is a self made man if I have ever seen one. His story was and continues to be a source of great hope for many. The book is worth a read.

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