After Michael Oher's story became the hit film The Blind Side, his adoptive parents wrote a memoir. Now, in I Beat the Odds, the homeless kid turned NFL player, 24, is finally speaking for himself.
WHY WRITE A BOOK NOW?
At first I didn't want to-I was almost tired of my story. But I get letters from people saying I've inspired them. I felt it was my time to help.
WHAT DON'T PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT YOU?
My message is that okay, I got taken in by a wealthy family, who I am so grateful for. But before I met them, I made a choice to say no to violence, drugs, gangs. You don't have to be taken in by a wealthy family to make it.
DID YOU LIKE THE BLIND SIDE?
It's great. And Sandra Bullock
is the nicest lady in the world. She stays in touch with my family. We're all excited to watch her son grow up.