Michael oher dating collins
Over the course of nine years, he had attended 11 different schools, often missing weeks at a time.Now, seven years after enrolling at Briarcrest, Michael has graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in criminal justice and is a professional football player with the Baltimore Ravens and a millionaire in his own right.An ugly, crime-ridden housing project which has since been torn down, the surrounding area remains as rough as ever.It is only a 20-minute drive from the Tuohy household but it is another world entirely.It takes me two days to persuade anyone to take me there.The first taxi driver I ask tells me it doesn’t matter how much I offer to pay him, he is not driving me there: ‘They’ll kill us both and take everything we have, even our shoes.’ Leigh Anne tells me her daughter will drive me through the area but we are on no account to get out of the car.
‘He has a very capturing personality.’ The family eventually became the legal guardians of Michael, one of 13 children of a crack-addict mother.‘Also – despite the weather – the kid was wearing just a T-shirt and cut-off jeans.’ ‘I know,’ said Michael, a homeless African American boy whom Briarcrest, a staunchly Christian school, had recently taken under its wing, ‘but it’s warm in that gym.’ As they drove off, Sean glanced over at Leigh Anne and saw tears pouring down her face.It was at that point he realised that their lives were about to change forever.Collins, an equally glamorous 23-year-old who drives a silver SUV with ‘Ole Miss’ on the number plate, is game.
‘I used to drive Michael down here when he needed a haircut because he only liked this one barber down here.’ Hurt Village itself is now just a field of overgrown grass behind a chain-link fence with a locked gate and security code.
‘The first time I saw him,’ Collins says, ‘he was going down the staircase and I was going up it and I just remember thinking with about five steps to go that he was just the largest thing I’d ever seen.