The film The Blind Side which came out in 2009 is an incredible true story based on the lives of Leigh Anne Tuohy and Sean Tuohy. Sean was born in a very unfortunate situation growing up, his father had never been present in his life and his mother was a drug addict. Growing up in this atmosphere where both of his role models let him down, may believed that he would very easily be pushed down a wrong path in life full of drugs and violence. One may have assumed this because he lived in a very underprivileged neighborhood, he was a young african american man which in those times it was harder for them because many people discriminated them. With that being said, Sean’s chances of ever attending college and reaching a professional career seemed very slim.
Sean’s life however, was completely turned around when a caring woman named Leigh Anne Tuohy takes him under her wing and brings him in as part of her family. For Sean everything he was experiencing seemed to be a dream, because he was never a part of a family who loves and supports him. Leigh worked very hard to make sure Sean had everything necessary in life in order to have a successful life. She made sure he had extra help on his school and when he told her he wanted to try to do football she was there every step of the way.
At first Sean was really bad at football and had difficulties figuring how to use his body to play the game that he would love. In my opinion the biggest turning point of the story is when Leigh walks up to Sean and explains to him that he should pretend that when he’s playing football to think that he’s protecting the blind side of one of his family members in order to keep them safe. With that in mind Sean became very successful in football, played college football and was eventually drafted by the Ravens in 2009. What an incredible story on how this young man’s life was turned around because he had a family who loved him and supported him. I wonder what the outcome would have been if he hadn’t been adopted by Leigh and her family.
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