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Michael Oher Speaks to Students/Boys and Girls Clubs

He went from basically living on the streets, to High School All-American, to College All-Star, and now to the NFL as a First Round Draft Pick.

Memphian Michael Oher has seen it all..

Now, he's helping other kids learn from his story.

Oher and his adoptive father Sean Touhy were the Featured Speakers today at an end of the school year assembly at Olive Branch High School.

Teachers at Olive Branch decided to make the book form of the story of Oher's Life, "The Blind Side", a New York Times best seller, the focus for students summer reading program.

  Big Mike, who was an All-SEC Left Offensive Tackle at Ole Miss, says it took education, not just athletic talent to get to this point. At 6'5" and 309 pounds, Oher says the physical part of football was half as difficult as catching up in school. But, he says, if he could do it, that opens the door for anyone who seriously works at it. There is Hope, Oher says, as long as you're willing to sacrifice to make it.

Oher also spoke at The Boys and Girls Clubs Steak and Burger Dinner at the Racquet Club.

Oher will not play himself in the movie adaptation of the book...

But his former College Coach will.

Ed Orgeron,who recruited Oher to the Rebels out of Briarcrest High School, will play himself in the Film.

Orgeron, who's now on staff at Tennessee, began shooting in Atlanta Wednesday and will work through Today.

He Coached Oher for 3-years at Ole Miss, and says doing the Movie is great for recruiting.

The Movie's release date is set for November 20th.

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