It was the fateful start of a close relationship, and the Tuohys eventually adopted Oher. With his adoptive mother relentlessly by his side, Oher started to turn his life around in the classroom and on the field.
"I just felt like I was unstoppable," Oher told ESPN. "I felt like no matter what, I was going to win the battle."
After graduating from high school, Oher played for four years at the University of Mississippi and was drafted this year in the first round by the Ravens.
"Anything is possible," Oher, 23, said. "My background is a bad background, but a lot of people said I couldn't do it. You can do anything if you put your mind to it."