NEW YORK — Spoiler alert: If you don’t want to know what happens at the end of the new movie, “The Blind Side,” then read no further.
Then again, most anyone who frequents NFL.com knows that the story ends with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on stage at Radio City Music Hall announcing Michael Oher as the 23rd pick in the 2009 draft, selected by the Baltimore Ravens. But “The Blind side,” which opens in theaters nationwide this Friday, is not about where Oher ends up. It’s about where he started and the journey that ensued. Still, Goodell was among a host of NFL executives and current and former players who appeared Tuesday night at a gala premiere for “The Blind Side” at New York’s Ziegfeld Theater.
Based on the Michael Lewis bestseller, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, the movie details Oher’s true story: How he was virtually living on the streets before being taken in by Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy (played in the movie by Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw). While the movie is more about the relationship between Oher and the Tuohy family than it is about football, there are cameos from the SEC coaches who recruited Oher before he committed to Mississippi. Former Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer and Auburn’s Tommy Tuberville were among the first down the red carpet Tuesday night, smiling for the cameras.
Vince Papale was there as well — three years after he walked the red carpet into the Ziegfeld for “Invincible,” the NFL-backed film about his brief stint with the Philadelphia Eagles.
“Back at the scene of the crime,” said a beaming Papale. “This is another great story about someone who beat the odds.”