This, of course, is different, and not only because Oher is in the game. One of Oher’s best friends is 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis, a former teammate at Ole Miss.
‘‘I can remember when Patrick Willis and Michael would sit in our living room and practice writing their autographs,’’ Leigh Anne Tuohy said. ‘‘Well now they’re really doing that and we’re just really proud.
Like Oher, Willis also was raised by foster parents.
‘‘These are great guys,’’ Leigh Anne Tuohy said. ‘‘So their stories give us a platform to go around and say, there’s a lot of great kids out there that need a chance.’’