(WAFF) - "The Blind Side" may have earned millions at the box office, and an Oscar for Sandra Bullock, but the player featured in the movie says it's given him nothing but problems.
Carolina Panthers left tackle Michael Oher told ESPN on Wednesday that the movie has overshadowed what he does as a player. The subject came up when Oher was asked about a scuffle he had with defensive end Kony Ealy at minicamp. He said he constantly has to prove himself after the past two season with the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans.
"People look at me, and they take things away from me because of a movie. They don't really see the skills and the kind of player I am. That's why I get downgraded so much, because of something off the field," Oher told ESPN.
If you haven't seen the movie (seriously, you need to watch it...and bring the tissues!), it tells the story of how Sandra Bullock's character and her family got Oher into football and ultimately Ole Miss, where he became an All-America left tackle and a first-round draft pick by the Ravens in 2009.