Ted Williams has had quite a good start to his 2011. Just a few days ago, he was panhandling for change on a freeway exit ramp. But today, he’s mulling over job offers from all over the country. One of them from the Cleveland Cavaliers. And one of the perks that came with the Cav’s offer? A free mortgage.
And that’s a pretty big deal to anyone. But it’s an even bigger deal to man who didn’t even have a mortgage to begin with. Or a rent. Ted Williams was homeless, his life destroyed by alcohol and drugs, until a 1:38 YouTube video changed everything for the down-and-out father of nine.
A Fox News affiliate in Cleveland reported that Williams was discovered by a newspaper reporter from the Columbus Dispatch who noted the homeless man’s unusual sign. It read: “I have the God-given gift of voice.” So the reporter pulled up and offered the Williams a dollar, but announced that Williams would have to “work for his money.”
With camera rolling, Williams did just that. And the deep, rich sound that abounded from his frail body was nothing short of spectacular. So much so that the reporter actually pulled over and interviewed Williams. The homeless man spoke of his former career in radio before his travails with substance abuse. He came off sincere and polite. You couldn’t help but feel proud for him when he announced that he had been sober for two years. The video was posted on YouTube and quickly went viral.
Thanks to the exposure, Williams found himself in the role of guest host at a local radio station on Wednesday. Listeners called and emailed from as far away as Australia, many armed with job offers. Like a man in California with MTV who offered to fly Williams to LA.
But the offer that seems to have intrigued him most was the one from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Williams said, “That lady [from the Cavaliers] offered me a full-time job with the Cavs and then something about the mortgage of a home? I’m going with that! Out of all the offers that I’ve had and I’ve had quite a few, I’ll be working in Cleveland, Ohio.”
The story is filled with so much magic that it feels like it’s a few weeks late—it’s got “Christmas miracle” written all over it.
Whenever my daughter sees a homeless person, she asks me countless questions. And they’re ones that are hard to answer. She usually finishes with the same one: “How did he get that way?”
I answer it the same way every time. “Hard to say, honey. Every single one of us has our own unique story, and that person is no exception.”
Neither is Ted Williams. Good luck with your new endeavor, Ted!
Check out his video below. You will NOT believe this guy’s voice!