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After Following Titans, RT Michael Oher Excited to Join Team

Posted Mar 14, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — When Michael Oher was growing up in Memphis, he loved to watch the Titans.

“Eddie George, Steve McNair, all those guys,” Oher said. “I grew up a big football fan of Tennessee, period.”

After he grew up, he watched game film of Titans left tackle Michael Roos to pick up tips on how to handle an upcoming opponent.

On Friday night, Oher sat in a room at Saint Thomas Sports Park with a picture on one wall of George carrying an American flag onto the field opposite a wall with a picture of McNair under center during Super Bowl XXXIV and signed a multi-year contract with Tennessee after playing his first five pro seasons in Baltimore.

Just as those photos bookend the conference room, Oher, who has played left and right tackle, said he is excited, honored and blessed to play for the Titans. He said he looks forward to bookending the offensive line at right tackle opposite Roos. Oher will be replacing veteran David Stewart, who battled injuries the past two seasons and was released this week after failing a physical.

“Michael Roos is a good (left) tackle, so I’m here to play right tackle and happy with it and whatever I’m doing on the field, I just love playing football,” Oher said. “I watched him a lot. Whenever I played left tackle, if he had played an opponent I was playing against that Sunday, I would go watch him and see how he did against them. He’s a good player.”

Oher started all 80 regular season games he played for the Ravens. He became the fifth free agent signed by Tennessee since March 11 when the new league year began, joining RB/WR/RS Dexter McCluster, DL Al Woods, LB Wesley Woodyard and QB Charlie Whitehurst.

“Michael is a big, strong, durable player,” Titans general manager Ruston Webster said in a release that announced Oher’s agreement to terms of the contract. “Like we have said with a number of players we added this week, he has versatility with experience playing both left and right tackle during his NFL career. We are excited to have Michael as part of the Titans family.”  

Oher teamed with McCluster for three seasons when they were in college at Ole Miss and described the versatile running back/receiver as “explosive.”

“He knows how to play football, so what a great addition to have,” Oher said. “I’m happy to be back playing with him as well. He knows how to break tackles and get away from defenders fast.”

Oher will also be reunited with former Ravens teammate Bernard Pollard, who re-signed with the Titans after a strong first season in Tennessee. Oher and Pollard helped Baltimore win Super Bowl XLVII.

“I know Bernard, and Bernard’s a great guy, funny, but once you get on that field, he’s tough as nails and puts fear in people’s hearts,” Oher said. “You definitely want to be playing — I could go to war with a guy like that any day. I mean you can definitely be in an alley or a foxhole, whatever, with a guy like Bernard Pollard. He’ll fight for you and is a great player, tough, hard-nosed.”

Oher said he wants to add his tough mindset to the Titans and let teammates know that he “can be counted on.” He will play alongside right guard Chance Warmack, Tennessee’s first-round pick (10th overall) of 2013.

“I watched him while he was at Alabama. I watched some of his games last year,” Oher said. “A good player, can be great. I can’t wait to meet him and play with him. Hopefully we can play here together for a long time.”

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