New Seahawk Demarcus Dobbs has his own “Blind Side” life story
You’re probably familiar with the life story of NFL offensive tackle Michael Oher, which was detailed in Michael Lewis’ book “The Blind Side” and then in the film adaptation of the same title.
Turns out, new Seahawks defensive end Demarcus Dobbs had a very similar upbringing.
The story, as Dobbs shared with 710 ESPN Seattle’s “Danny, Dave and Moore” on Thursday, went like this: at age 7 he was taken from his family in Atlanta and moved into an all-boys group home in Savannah, Ga. When he aged out at 18, he was taken in by his high-school football coach, Danny Britt, and his family.
“A lot of people try to compare my story to ‘The Blind Side’ the movie, and there’s a lot of similarities to that,” Dobbs said. “But I’ve known a lot of people to go through a lot of struggles, and I don’t [describe] myself aside as having this bad life or anything like that, even though I’ve been faced with a lot of struggles and stuff. God put people in my life for a reason.”
Dobbs went on to play at the University of Georgia and signed with San Francisco as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He was waived by the 49ers last month and then was claimed by Seattle, where he’s become a part of the Seahawks’ defensive-line rotation.
You can hear Dobbs tell his story here.