It was a picture that captured a powerful moment, snapped moments after Baltimore won the Super Bowl.
In it, an emotional Leigh Anne Tuohy is seen hugging her adopted son, Michael Oher, after his team, the Baltimore Ravens, won the big game Sunday night.
“We both just darted for each other and he picked me up,” she told ABC News today. “He was so excited and I was just sobbing.”
Oher, whose story was made famous in the Oscar-winning film “The Blind Side,” grew up in Memphis, Tenn., the son of a crack-addict mother and an absent father. He didn’t have a permanent home and was eventually taken in by the Tuohy family.
Sandra Bullock, who played Tuohy in the film, won an Oscar for her role. On Sunday night, she attended the game. Her adopted son wore Oher’s jersey.
“Dreams do come true,” Oher told ABC News after Sunday’s victory. “I came so far, from nothing to a Super Bowl champion. I’m in shock right now.”
Oher, an offensive tackle, helped the Ravens hold off the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31.
As she drove back to Memphis today from New Orleans, Touhy told ABC News that she and her husband truly love Oher as much as they love their biological children, who also were present at the game to cheer him on.
“Families don’t have to match,” she said. “You don’t have to look like someone else to love them. There are wonderful kids all over this country who need a forever family. And we believe there are no unwanted kids, just unfound families.”
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