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Denise Oher shares her side of 'The Blind Side'

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MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) – The Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl victory added a new chapter to the already incredible story of "The Blind Side."

Now, we are getting the unheard side to Michael Oher's story from Denise Oher, the biological mother whose son was adopted by the Tuohy family. Denise Oher has held off telling her side of "The Blind Side," until after this Super Bowl Sunday.

The kids playing ball at Foote Homes all know Michael Oher's mom lives in this unit of the public housing complex.

"It's convenient for all my children. I've always tried to keep a place for them to come to," Denise Oher said.

One of Ms. Oher's eleven living children stays with her. She doesn't even have a TV to watch the Super Bowl.

DeeDee, as her friends call her said she hocked her TV at the pawn shop to replace three tires. So she drove to a Super Bowl party where she watched another son win football's biggest game.

"I'm proud of him, I love him, and I'm going to give God all the praise for his success," she said.

The world came to know of "The Blind Side" via the hit movie based on Michael Lewis' best seller.  Denise said she's never seen the movie or read the book.  In part because she was deeply embarrassed by her addiction to crack cocaine - a raw reality she's overcome for years, now one day at a time.

"That addiction is very hard to just stop," Oher said.  "You have to work on it. You have to pray and you have to be committed to it and you have you want to change your life from that."

Michael Oher's mother is grateful to the family of Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy for helping her young man so much.

"I'm grateful that they came. God placed them in our lives," Oher said.

But "The Blind Side" movie preview Denise did see turned her sour on the movie.

"That's not true. OK, see if I had to put a bed in my kitchen, my children had somewhere to sleep.  See I been portrayed as the worst mother in the world, and that wasn't it," she said.

Denise said Michael Oher doesn't contribute to her income now but has helped financially in the past. 

Unfortunately, she had yet to get sober. She gets help from the priests at nearby St. Patrick Church and other friends.

Denise Oher is looking for a job now and said she is ready and willing to work.

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