The True Story Behind “The Blind Side”

It Wasn’t Quite As Simple For Michael To Enroll In High School

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Warner Bros./The Blind Side
Warner Bros./The Blind Side

In the film, Michael had a very spotty academic career with a lot of holes, but somehow the coach at Briarcrest used a religious angle to persuade his colleagues to allow the young man to enroll at the school.

The teachers were not impressed with Michael’s initial performance and silent nature, but before long they realized that he wasn’t dumb and mute. In reality, coach Burt Cotton (played by Ray McKinnon) did convince administrators to accept Michael into the program; however, the principal decided that Michael would require several months of homeschooling before he could matriculate into the high school.