One of the holiday season’s most anticipated movies opens across the country this weekend, as The Blind Side tells the story of a homeless youngster’s rise from the streets of Memphis to become a first round draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens.
Online PR News – 16-April-2010 – – The story of Michael Oher is an extraordinary one and the movie has assembled an all-star cast: Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw and Quinton Aaron. Lou Holtz, Nick Saban and a host of other SEC football coaches also make appearances in the film.
Playing a small but significant supporting role in the movie are football helmets, shoulder pads and other gear provided by Schutt Sports.
“It’s a great movie and an inspirational story, so we’re thrilled to have been a part of it,” says Glenn Beckmann, Marketing Communications Manager at Schutt. “We loved working with the producers of the movie and had a lot of fun with the project. We’re only disappointed because they couldn’t talk Sandra Bullock or Tim McGraw into putting on a helmet and shoulder pads for the publicity photos.”
Schutt provided all of the helmets, shoulder pads and other protective equipment for the movie, as well some practice gear and other apparel, including all of the super-sized item worn by Quinton Aaron, who plays Oher.
“Obviously, at 6’4” and 300-plus pounds, Oher is a big customer and the actor who played him was going to have to be very big, too,” says Beckmann. “I heard that Aaron lost a lot of weight for the role, if you can believe that, but he still needed a double XL helmet and 5X shoulder pads.”
This is not the first major motion picture project that Schutt Sports has been part of. Previous appearances were made in Gridiron Gang and The Longest Yard (2005). Schutt Sports also provides helmets, shoulder pads and other equipment for the popular television show, Friday Night Lights.