"The Blind Side" is based on the true story of Michael Oher, a homeless teenager with little education, who was taken in by Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy, overcoming adversity at every turn, and being awarded opportunities as a result of his and the Tuohys' determination. "The Blind Side" opened in theaters in the United States on November 20, 2009.
Michael Oher, played by actor Quinton Aaron, was eventually legally adopted by Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy, played by Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw. The Tuohys notice Michael's protective instincts from his years in dangerous neighborhoods, and help him use it to his advantage on the football field. In the classroom, Michael struggles, can barely read and knows that without higher grades, he will not be able to continue playing football. The Tuohys, in their limitless determination to see Michael succeed on and off the field, hire a tutor, Miss Sue, played by Kathy Bates, to give him the extra academic attention he needs.
Michael gathered offers from countless colleges and universities, choosing to attend Ole' Miss on a National Collegiate Athletic Association football scholarship. He continued to stand out on the field, with the Tuohys in the stands at every game, and was a first-round pick by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2009 NFL draft.