Peyton Manning and Seth Myers clearly knew something the rest of us didn’t when they put together a parody clip about the 2009 hit film ‘The Blind Side’ for the ESPYs in 2010.
Now, 13 years later, the clip has resurfaced. And it’s proven to be more accurate that anyone could have ever predicted.
Totally forgot about this "The Blind Side" spoof with Peyton Manning until just now. Even better today. pic.twitter.com/niqsNhJqk8
— Adam Silverstein (@SilversteinAdam) August 14, 2023
The skit features Manning in place of the film’s main subject, Ole Miss and NFL tackle Michael Oher.
The film tells the story of Oher, who is black, being adopted and raised out of poverty by a white Mississippi family. The family then introduces Oher to football, which he immediately excels at and earns several scholarships.
He eventually chooses Ole Miss, which was the alma mater of both his adoptive parents.
In Manning’s version, he takes on the role of Oher and tells the story as if Oher’s adoptive parents kidnapped him and would not let him leave.
Peyton Manning Blindside Parody Was Actually Incredibly Accurate
Former broadcast journalist Mort Crim once said that “any good parody takes a grain of truth and exaggerates it for the big screen.”
As it turns out, Manning didn’t have to exaggerate all that much.
Michael A. Fletcher of ESPN reports that Oher recently filed a petition to a Tennessee court that “alleges that Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, who took Oher into their home as a high school student, never adopted him. Instead, less than three months after Oher turned 18 in 2004, the petition says, the couple tricked him into signing a document making them his conservators, which gave them legal authority to make business deals in his name.”
Oher claims in the petition that he was conned by the family.
“The lie of Michael’s adoption is one upon which Co-Conservators Leigh Anne Tuohy and Sean Tuohy have enriched themselves at the expense of their Ward, the undersigned Michael Oher,” the legal filing says. “Michael Oher discovered this lie to his chagrin and embarrassment in February of 2023, when he learned that the Conservatorship to which he consented on the basis that doing so would make him a member of the Tuohy family, in fact provided him no familial relationship with the Tuohys.”
What did Peyton Manning know? How did he know? And how did it possibly age this well?
We may never have the answers to those questions. But one thing is certain, his spoof was spot-on.