Michael Oher's mentor talks about "Th...

Michael Oher's mentor talks about "The Blind Side";Tony Henderson mentored NFL player Michael Ohe...

There are 10 comments on the WREG story from Dec 8, 2009, titled Michael Oher's mentor talks about "The Blind Side";Tony Henderson mentored NFL player Michael Ohe.... In it, WREG reports that:

Man who mentored Michael Oher early on talks about the movie "The Blind Side" Big Tony Henderson got Oher involved in sports when he was living in Hurt Village Henderson also helped Oher get into Briarcrest High School where he excelled at football The blockbuster movie "The Blind Side" is bringing a lot of attention to NFL player Michael Oher and ...

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Its not rocket science

Memphis, TN

#1 Dec 8, 2009
We need more people like Mr. Henderson. We need to recognize and support those that stand as a light unto others showing the way. Thank you Mr. Henderson for believing in others and giving of yourself!

A mom
Arvid

Santa Paula, CA

#2 Dec 11, 2009
I come from a home similar to Michael.(7 kids, 3 fathers) One of my brothers never will know his father...no one does. He is 56 years old and constantly asks "who was my father?" This brother has been very dysfunctional all his life (drugs, alcohol, homeless periods). My dad died with I was 8, but I knew I had a dad. Sports helped me (coaches, teachers and pastors helped me). I went to college on a basketball scholarship. I have been an educator for 42 years (teacher, principal, vice principal, college instructor, church administrator, father of 3, grandfather of 7, married for 46 years). I am teaching At Risk students now before I retire (I am 68). My rough up-bringing is helping me show compassion to my students and understanding their anger and dysfunction. We all need to feel that we are loved and that we belong.
my other name is mom

Spring, TX

#3 Dec 13, 2009
I did see the movie. It was a good story to hear about. I honestly did mention to my hubby, that not only did the Tuohoy's offer him some form of normality, but it started with Mr. Henderson for taking Michael to Briarcrest. So, there are, in my opinion, 3 heros in the story. 1st - Michael himself for overcoming adversity throughout his life, 2nd - Tony Henderson for looking out for Michael and steering him in the direction of Briarcrest (and to the attention of the principal, teachers, the friends he met there, and of course) 3rd - The Touhoy's... the family who took the extra step of committing themselves, with Micahel's approval, to providing him a sense of security and a normal life. Mr. Henderson also took that step initially and deserves as much credit for his unselfish acts as a mentor to this young amazing man named Michael. Everyone whose life Michael touched should feel blessed to know him. He will be a good player, good man, eventually a good father and you all played a part in forming principles, security, and love. Something that will be with him forever. You all need to pat yourselves on the backs, cause you ALL deserve it. Especially you Michael.... God Bless You : )
Tony Supporter

Stillwater, OK

#4 Dec 16, 2009
None of this would have happened without the help of Tony Henderson. He really sounds like a leader and I think we need to find ways to donate to his cause.
Delores

United States

#5 Mar 28, 2010
I have a question. In the movie, Tony takes his son and Michael to the school, but there is no further mention of Steven. What happened to him? Thanks!
MCManor

Houston, TX

#6 Jun 6, 2010
@Delores

Google?
HelenaK

Rio Rancho, NM

#7 Nov 2, 2010
Delores wrote:
I have a question. In the movie, Tony takes his son and Michael to the school, but there is no further mention of Steven. What happened to him? Thanks!
I did google Steven Henderson.....
nothing, I'm also curious about how he is doing?
thx
Charlottetean

Charlotte, NC

#8 May 21, 2011
my other name is mom wrote:
I did see the movie. It was a good story to hear about. I honestly did mention to my hubby, that not only did the Tuohoy's offer him some form of normality, but it started with Mr. Henderson for taking Michael to Briarcrest. So, there are, in my opinion, 3 heros in the story. 1st - Michael himself for overcoming adversity throughout his life, 2nd - Tony Henderson for looking out for Michael and steering him in the direction of Briarcrest (and to the attention of the principal, teachers, the friends he met there, and of course) 3rd - The Touhoy's... the family who took the extra step of committing themselves, with Micahel's approval, to providing him a sense of security and a normal life. Mr. Henderson also took that step initially and deserves as much credit for his unselfish acts as a mentor to this young amazing man named Michael. Everyone whose life Michael touched should feel blessed to know him. He will be a good player, good man, eventually a good father and you all played a part in forming principles, security, and love. Something that will be with him forever. You all need to pat yourselves on the backs, cause you ALL deserve it. Especially you Michael.... God Bless You :)
Yes but wasn't he just taking his son to Briarcrest and the coach saw Michael and wanted him also. Was the Uncle paying for him too or was it unclear and they thought it best not to say or what. Why did the wife say that Michael could no longer stay on the couch and was going to have to leave and he ends up sleeping in the gym. Why could they not give him a home?
Charlottetean

Charlotte, NC

#9 May 21, 2011
Its not rocket science wrote:
We need more people like Mr. Henderson. We need to recognize and support those that stand as a light unto others showing the way. Thank you Mr. Henderson for believing in others and giving of yourself!
A mom
What did he do? He put Michael out didn't he and why Michael was homeless. It was his son who he took to the school from what I could tell not Michael just the coach saw Michael and wanted him.
Run

Everett, WA

#10 Jul 20, 2013
I wonder what all of those people who rejected Michael Oher are thinking now...

Re: His mother...I don't feel sorry for drug addicts.

Re: His older brother (restaurant scene)...didn't he care enough about Michael's well-being to stay in touch?

Re: Tony Henderson's wife...we have to assume that her rejection of Michael was partly due to finances. Who are we to judge? But he should have been in foster care and had a home.

Re: the rest of his relatives...you know they have either asked Michael for money or have wanted to. They are now probably the most apologetic, excuse-making clan on the planet!

Re: Leanne Tuohy's friends...they should be ashamed of themselves for spouting racial and sexual stereotypes. Maybe they should have met Michael before passing judgment.

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