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The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game
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Michael Oher of Memphis was a giant of a boy, and a lost soul. Six-five tall, 330 pounds, a tested IQ of 80, eleven schools by the time he hit his teens — Michael was poor, black, and huge.

Then, in a head-turning twist, Michael Oher was taken in and legally adopted by a rich, white, evangelical family in the Memphis suburbs — and turned into a high school graduate, a college student, and a BIG-time football phenomena headed for the limelight and riches of the NFL.

Now, big-time sports watcher Michael Lewis is telling a provocative story of poverty, love and glory, at the intersection of god, race and football.

This hour, On Point: author Michael Lewis about the rags-to-gridiron story of Michael Oher.

Guests:

Michael Lewis, author of “The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game.” His other books include “Liar’s Poker” and “Moneyball.”

Leigh Ann Tuohy. She took Michael Oher into her family.

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