New Panther Oher Shies Away from Spotlight

 SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WCCB CHARLOTTE) — Michael Oher does not like the bright lights of Hollywood. 

“(We) like to do our work and not be noticed,” Oher said of the offensive line. 

Oher has been noticed and then some–but because of the 2009 Warner Bros. movie, The Blind Side starring actress Sandra Bullock. Oher’s story of being adopted and making it out of poverty was documented on the big screen–clearing over $300 million at the box office. 

And that movie is still paying off for Oher as a Panther…inside the team’s locker room.

“I tell him the actor that plays him looks identical to him,” center Ryan Kalil said with a chuckle. “He really, really appreciates that.”

Oher said the positives certainly outweigh the negatives when it comes to the film. 

“You’d be surprised how many letters I’ve gotten, people have adopted kids or how many lives have changed,” Oher said.

Oher is now looking to change the trajectory of his career. He joins his third team in as many years and is trying to forget about last year’s lackluster stop in Tennessee.

“Yeah, I probably do have to get some things done and continue to prove myself, and prove myself even more this year.”

Houston Announces Retirement

The team announced on Tuesday that defensive back Chris Houston will retire. Houston, 30, signed with the team in June. He missed all of 2014 with an injury.