Mention the name Michael Oher and Ravens fans might respond as if the uttered syllables were the equivalent to nails on a chalkboard.
And while Oher’s play as a member of the Baltimore Ravens fell far short of his first round draft status you have to give him credit for being a solid teammate, good locker room guy and a man who showed up for work every day.
Now he’s a member of the Tennessee Titans, a lost free agent that brought a smile to many faces in Charm City.
But not in Pittsburgh!
Steelers fans hate to see Oher leave the Ravens. Here’s a humorous excerpt from a blog titled, Departure of Michael Oher From Ravens Will Hurt Steelers Pass Rush, which chronicles a few Oher encounters with the Steelers.
There are too many to list, but perhaps his finest season came in 2010, a year in which Oher did as much as any Steeler to will them toward the Super Bowl.
Down by 4 with precious few minutes remaining, Oher pretended he couldn’t see Polamalu line up just off his shoulder, and the subsequent play resulted in a strip sack , and ultimately the Steelers earning a bye in the first round of the play-offs.
Later in the season, before the Steelers and Ravens squared off in the play-offs, Oher and Harrison agreed that Harrison should completely and utterly dominate Oher all game long. It was this kind of selfless sacrificing that will make Oher go down as one of the most humble greats to play the game.
It would not be too bold to say that, on that day, an everlasting bond was formed between Harrison and Oher. This was evident during the Steelers and Ravens 2012 matchup in Baltimore. Just when the Steelers needed it most Oher allowed his old friend through for the strip sack, a game changing play that allowed Charlie Batch to be the hero we all knew he could be. In a stroke of poetic justice, this just happened to be Harrison’s last ever strip sack in the black and gold, and in the company of friends he has said there was no other left tackle he would rather have shared it with.