Real Life 'Blind Side' Players Face Off at 2013 Super Bowl

Baltimore Ravens' Michael Oher shares background with San Francisco 49ers' Patrick Willis.
2:25 | 01/29/13

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Kend, more than 100 million people are expected to watch the super bowl. And the player who is so famous from the movie "blind side" walking out onto the field. It turns out, though, there is another story on that field, giving a whole new meaning to happy ending. Not the only player at all. Abc's steve osunsami. Reporter: For all the talk of the two brothers coaching on opposite sides on super bowl sunday, there's another incredible story on the gridiron. Two of their bers, who aren't brothers by birth, but brothers in life. Big mike. Why were you going to the gym? Because it's warm. Reporter: Michael oher's is the story made famous in the oscar winning film "the blind side." The son of abject poverty and a broken home who found football thanks to the kindness of strangers who took him in. Never had one before. What, a room to yourself? A bed. Reporter: Today he's an offensive tackle for baltimore. Leigh anne, she was the first one who ever told me she loved me. I mean, I had never heard that before. Reporter: Patrick willis was oher's teammate at ole miss and travelled the same difficult road to sunday's game. This is where the game of football all started. I couldn't afford to play pee-wee football. I didn't running water until i was 8 years old. Reporter: The 28-year-old LINEBACKER FOR THE 49ers IS Considered the best in the business today, and he escaped an abusive father in rural tennessee who beat him with pots and pans. Both oher and willis were cared for, or adopted, by white families who had to explain themselves to the neighbors. I said, well, yeah, I mean, yeah, we can help him. And, of course, everybody at the time was like -- you don't have a clue what you're doing. Reporter: The two have become lifelong friends, and outside practice tuesday, they told us how much they still truly love their adoptive parents, who'll be watching in joy from the sidelines. They've been there thr the thick and thin, the good and d, the crazy years. Just to have them down here this weekend to enjoy this experience with me is truly a blessing. It's truly amazing, man, knowing where we came from and -- it's just -- it made us work a lot harder, knowing that -- not taking anything for granted. I never take anything for granted. Reporter: No matter who wins the ring, they believe that greatness is not what they've achieved, but what they've overcome. Steve osunsami, abc news, atlanta.

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