Ted Williams was left homeless after his life and radio career were ruined by drugs and alcohol. Now, after his story became an overnight sensation when the Columbus Dispatch posted a clip of him demonstrating his voiceover skills while begging by the side of the road, he has been flooded with job offers.
He said he’s ready for a second chance.
“I don’t know which one to choose, which one is the right one,” he said on NBC’s “Today” show, regarding the job prospects. But he said he was ready to handle the second chance he was being given and predicted that in five years, he’d be working as a radio program director and living in his own apartment. Williams said he found a “new sense of spirituality” in 2010 that would help him deal with whatever success comes.
Just days ago, Williams was living in a tent near a highway in Columbus. On Thursday, he was in New York for an emotional reunion with his 90-year-old mother, media appearances and to do some commercial voiceover work. On “Today,” he described his previous 48 hours as “outrageous.”
“There’s no way in the world that I could have ever imagined that I would be – I mean, just have all of this just all of a sudden come into this portion of my life,” he said during a live interview in the program’s studio.
Williams has been offered a job by the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, and the 53-year-old is being pursued by NFL Films and others for possible work.
Williams was contacted Wednesday by the Cavaliers, who have offered him a position that could include announcing work at Quicken Loans Arena, the team’s downtown facility. Williams said the team has offered him a two-year contract and said they would pay his living expenses.
It’s been a shocking turn of events for the golden-voiced man, who had gotten by living in shelters and occasionally with family and friends over the past few years. Williams has also been in his share of trouble. His past includes a lengthy list of arrests. He has served time in prison for theft and forgery and has been cited with numerous misdemeanors, including drug abuse.
He was most recently arrested on May 14. He pleaded guilty to a first-degree misdemeanor theft charge. In court records, his address is listed as “Streets of Columbus.”
Williams acknowledged his record during the “Today” show appearance and explained that he turned to crime so he could afford his drug habits.
This is most definitely a story of second chances and while only 6 days into the new year this may possibly be the feel good story of the year.