A homeless man whose vocal skills became an internet sensation has been offered a two-year job with the Cleveland Cavaliers that includes having his living expenses paid by the National Basketball Association club.
Ted Williams, who had struggled with drugs and alcohol, became a celebrity when a video clip of his voice skills filmed while he was on the side of highway was posted on the internet by the Columbus Dispatch newspaper.
With his deep tone and polished pronunciation, Williams was so impressive that in addition to his job offer from the Cavaliers, American football voiceover work could also be on the horizon after interest from NFL Films, a company devoted to producing advertisements, television programmes, feature films, and documentaries on the National Football League.
“We hope Ted accepts our offer,” said Cavaliers announcer Olivia Sedra.
Williams, who pleaded guilty to theft charges after being arrested last May, had been living in a tent.
“We believe in second chances and second opportunities,” Cavaliers marketing vice-president Tracy Marek said.
“When you know something’s right, you just have to launch. The important thing that we wanted to do is to let Ted know that we have something here for him.”
Williams (53) told the Dispatch, “I’m an ex-radio announcer who has fallen on hard times” and was shown holding a cardboard sign with a plea for help from motorists.?