We all need to be reminded that amazing second chance stories are possible. Ted Williams is a man who is living a new dream thanks to a new opportunity that came about through a viral video on the internet.
Read this story on ESPN. Here’s an excerpt:
CLEVELAND — With a deep, refined voice, one that had been sadly misplaced, Ted Williams simply asked for help to get him off the streets.
He’s been heard.
Left homeless after his life and career were ruined by drugs and alcohol, Williams has been offered a job by the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers and is being pursued by NFL Films for possible work after he and his compelling tale became an online curiosity.
“This has been totally, totally amazing,” Williams said in a phone interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, his voice choking with emotion. “I’m just so thankful. God has blessed me so deeply. I’m getting a second chance. Amazing.”
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 arena. Williams said the team has offered him a two-year contract and said they would pay his mortgage.
Williams, whose deep baritone and plight have made him an online video sensation, was contacted Wednesday by the Cavs. Team spokesman Tad Carper said details are still being worked out on a possible position for Williams.
[Read the rest of the article here on ESPN]
Here’s an interview with a local news station:
Here’s the viral video:
what other redemption stories do you know of?
Just a reminder that our show is tomorrow, Wednesday Jan. 5, 2011 at 7:30 PM!
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