Emotional Ted Williams Tells "Early Show" He's Reuniting with Mom for First Time in Years

Ted Williams, the 53-year-old homeless panhandler who was literally plucked from obscurity on the side of a highway, is now an Internet sensation. A reporter for a Columbus newspaper uploaded a video of Williams' gifted baritone voice to YouTube which went viral, garnering over 4 million views.

The New York Post quotes Williams as exclaiming on local radio station WNCI, "The Cleveland Cavaliers just offered me a full-time job and a house! A house! A house!"

And he cried as he told CBS "Early Show" co-anchors Erica Hill and Chris Wragge:

"I'm gonna be going to New York, hopefully this afternoon… I apologize. I'm getting a little emotional. I haven't seen my mom in a great deal of time. She doesn't believe (what's been happening to me). She's 92. She lives in Brooklyn. I was born and raised in Brooklyn. ... One of my biggest prayers that I sent out was that she would live long enough for me to see me rebound or whatever, and I guess God kept her around and kept my pipes around to maybe just have one more shot that I would be able to say, 'Mom, I did do it before,' -- I might pass away before her or whatever, but my dad didn't get a chance to see this. But God is good."

Watch the emotional interview below:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U942ZUY7aek OHoney

    I can't wait to get home and listen to him!!
    I hope he stay on the str8 and narrow :pray:

  • http://twitter.com/eastpointvet eastpointvet

    wow good story

  • Dawn

    God is good, and God speed to him!

  • BigCityGirl

    @Dawn---you're so right---GOD IS GOOD!

  • http://myspace.com/necee518 yvonne79

    I :love: this guy's spirit! Sandra, make sure you do a follow up on him. PLease and thank you.....

  • DA REAL DEAL

    CONGRATS TO HIM, I WISH HIM NOTHING BUT BLESSINGS

  • Phrozen1der

    God is good ALL the time..... I :pray: for his continued sobriety...

  • http://www.facebook.com/evieannie speaknoevil

    I cannot stop crying! This is the best story. I am glad I actually gave a dollar to him!

  • TruGemini

    I am so happy for him and so glad to know that he's thanking God for it all...

  • RemieBaby

    Oh My Goodness! Thank you soooooo much Sandra for following this story! I am on the verge of tears to hear such good news! I live about an hour south east of Columbus and it is good to finally hear some good news out of Ohio. I hope everything goes well for him!

  • lipstickbandit

    Great heart warming story...may God continue to bless him!

  • http://twitter.com/Jerrica_Lewis Jerrica

    I love his voice.

  • Nina

    Very nice story

  • LiveLaughLove

    I am so moved by him, his spirit, his smile and the Blessings that have come his way.

  • DA REAL DEAL

    NO WONDER, THIS GUY IS A SURVIVOR. HE'S FROM "DO OR DIE BED-STUY" "BROOKLYN"

  • xcal86

    A big pat on the back for Mr. Ted Williams. It just goes to show how unappreciative all these idiotic celebs (a la Lindsay Lohan, et al) who dont realize what they have until it all disappears. That was a great line he did at the end with the Boston Red Sox. Brings you right back to the 40's and 50's. You really dont see announcers sounding like him in todays market. He's old skool. He would make a great boxing announcer. I think he sounds better than Michael Buffer.

  • ICYTIFF

    Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in his shoes.

    Then when you do criticize that person, you'll be a mile away and have his shoes. :coffee:

  • MIZZ.I_REP_ATL

    What a blessing. I wish him much success.

  • ELove

    Just HEARD that Dude was offered a House and Car... And NFL Films is LQQKING at him to do some Voice over work for them (Real...) And I'm SURE their is MORE THINGS to come his way... GOOD LUCK with this New Found Success TEDDY !!!

  • http://talkingwithtami.com/blog talkingwithtami

    What a great story! God is able! xoxo

  • ohpretty1

    Sandra this is the best post you've done that I can recall! I forwarded this to my gang of nieces and nephews telling them THIS is the reason I tell them to never look down on the homeless, panhandlers, etc. You never know the road that lead a person to the place they're in. Simply all smiles over here.

  • leat

    NFL Films would be nice, those things are around and on TV forever...what a legacy to leave with a story behind it! I hope the radio station doesnt take advantage of him, AWESOME that his mom will be able to see his success! GREAT story. WISH him the BEST

  • aaron

    GOD IS GREAT!!!!!!! May God continue to keep him and his family!!!!! This is truly remarkable!!!!!

  • steph L

    :yahoo: Beautiful story, you never know what life holds for you!

  • Anna

    Kudos to the guy who filmed him. 5 weeks later it was a slow news day and he aired it. While everyone was telling him to get a job while he was begging for money, somebody took the time to listen to not only his angelic voice but his story. :thumbsup:

  • http://myspace.com/foxybrown411 LADYWOODS

    Love it Sandra, this brought happy tears to my eyes. I'm so happy for him!
    @ Anna :cosign:

  • SummerSweetie

    Wow! What an abolutely beautiful and motivational story! :yes:

    I pray that God continues to walk with this man and he's able to continue achieving great things. Go Ted! Go Ted! :cheer:

  • intensemocha

    Sandra this is the best post you’ve done that I can recall! I forwarded this to my gang of nieces and nephews telling them THIS is the reason I tell them to never look down on the homeless, panhandlers, etc. You never know the road that lead a person to the place they’re in. Simply all smiles over here.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    MY SENTIMENTS EXACTLY!

    CO-SIGN ANNA & LADY WOODS!

    GOD BLESS HIM, I COULDN'T BE HAPPIER FOR HIM, I PRAY HIS DREAMS COMES TRUE AND HIS MOM LIVES LONG ENOUGH TO WITNESS HIS SUCCESS!

  • Londoner

    This video brought tears to my eyes. I wish him a long and successful career, he is truly an inspiration.

  • MsTooCute

    Ted's story is great!! So glad God is giving him a second chance!! I pray it's not to much for him to handle & that he has much success!!