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Michael Lewis

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Michael Lewis

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Biography, Nonfiction

At a Glance

The Blind Side is a nonfiction account that weaves the story of the football player Michael Oher with the evolution of his position as left tackle. Author Michael Lewis delves into Michael's dysfunctional background growing up as a poor African American in Memphis, Tennessee, and how his life changes dramatically when he is given the opportunity to play football at a white Christian private school on the other side of town. Michael is adopted by a wealthy family who helps him recover academically and get recruited by college football teams. The position that Michael plays is noteworthy because it is not as noticeable or glamorous as the quarterback, but it has evolved to become one of the most valuable positions in football. The book helps readers understand the struggles and perils that many inner-city African American youths face and how sports can be a path to freedom and opportunity.

About the Title

The Blind Side refers to the football term for a quarterback's left side, from which they typically have a poor view if they are right-handed. The position of left tackle is responsible for guarding the quarterback's blind side against the opposing team's offense. In the book, Michael Oher plays left tackle. The author gives the history and context of this position and how it became so important in football.


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