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Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 01/ 5/2011

Sports offers pour in for Ted Williams' 'God-given gift of voice'

By Cindy Boren

A homeless Ohio man wasn't boasting when he stood beside a Columbus street with a sign claiming that he has a "God-given gift of voice." All he needed was for someone to stop and listen, someone to ask him to speak in exchange for a dollar.

The person who did so, Doral Chenoweth III of the Columbus Dispatch, happened to have a video camera and now, because of millions of hits on a viral video, Ted Williams' luck is changing.

A person claiming to be a representative of the Cleveland Cavaliers called WNCI's "Morning Zoo" to offer Williams a job and a house. (The Cavs say they've not contacted him; watch, the Miami Heat will steal him away.) The Ohio Credit Union League, MTV and ESPN also expressed interest, according to the Dispatch. And Williams reportedly has an agent now.

"My boss said to me: 'If you don't get him hired, you're fired,'" Kevin McLoughlin, director of post-production films for the NFL told the Dispatch. "I can't make any guarantees, but I'd love to get him some work."

McLoughlin has plenty of company.

By Cindy Boren  | January 5, 2011; 10:04 AM ET
 
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From the headline, I feared this story was about how the baseball Ted Williams' family was auctioning off his voicebox. You know, because they had his head cryogenically stored.

So I'm relieved that it's a feel-good story about a dude who is alive.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | January 5, 2011 11:48 AM | Report abuse

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