'The Blind Side' football star to publish memoir

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Michael Oher, the Baltimore Ravens football player whose life inspired the best-selling book and film The Blind Side, is set to publish a memoir, announced Gotham Books on April 26. Due out in February 2011, I Beat the Odds: My Amazing Journey from Foster Care to the NFL and Beyond will be co-authored by Don Yaeger.

Oher grew up in poverty in Memphis, Tennessee, one of 12 children of an estranged father and a mother addicted to crack cocaine. He ultimately attended the University of Mississippi and rose to fame as an offensive lineman for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens.

Michael Lewis wrote about Oher in his 2006 best-seller The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game. The book was adapted into a movie that won Sandra Bullock an Oscar for her role as Leigh Anne Tuohy, Oher's foster mother.

Tuohy and her husband, Sean - portrayed by Tim McGraw in the film - are also reportedly working on a memoir that is due to be published on July 13.

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