American football offensive tackle for the Carolina Panthers of the NFL, Michael Oher’s sister is Collins Tuohy. Michael was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft and has also played for the Tennessee Titans. He played college football for the University of Mississippi.
Michael and Collins story is so amazing that a Hollywood movie, The Blind Side, is also made based on them. Yes, it’s the same movie for which Sandra Bullock got Academy award for best actress. She portrayed the life of Collins in the movie. It all started when Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy took in the homeless Michael Oher. At that time Michael had no idea who his father was. His mother was a drug addict. Leigh Anne nurtured Michael and gave him the opportunity to succeed in life by letting him follow his passion in football.
Collins and Michael grew together in the family. As Collins grew close to Michael she helped him adjust to both Briarcrest and his new life with the Tuohy family. When Collins became Briarcrest’s Homecoming Queen, Michael was her escort. They shared a common bond through their unique athletic pursuits – Collins won the Tennessee State Championship in the Pole Vault and Michael earned All-State honors in the discus and basketball championships. And well, the rest is history!
Coming to Collins, she is an energetic lady who is an actress as well as a public speaker. She attended University of Mississippi and graduated in Broadcast Journalism. Her energetic presence allows her to appeal to both young audiences and adults. She gives inspirational speeches to those who are willing to make it in sports. She is also the Co-Owner and the Director of Marketing and Sales at Whimsy Cookie Company in Memphis, TN.
Collins got married to her long time boyfriend Cannon Smith. Cannon happens to be the brother of Demolition producer and Black Label Media co-founder Molly Smith, who first brought The Blind Side script to Alcon. The couple started dating when she was asked out on a date at the ‘Cookie Party’. A decade later, Cannon got down on a knee at the same party and ask Collins to marry him. Collins coudn’t contain her happiness at that time. She wrote on one her Instagram posts, “The past year being engaged to @cannon5smith has been the best one of my life, and I can’t wait to celebrate many more cookie parties with you!” Both the families were really excited and happpy about their relation and why not? Cannon is surely a lucky man to have a kind and beautiful woman like Collins.
Everyone knows that Collins has a heart of gold. She is currently on the Board of The Making it Happen Foundation which is dedicated to changing children’s lives through hope, love, and opportunity. She has also contributed to the New York Times best-seller, In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving.