The jokes can stop now.
The McElwains recently sold their Gainesville, Fla., home for $1.4 million to Rick and Michelle Staab, who have two disabled children. The home is outfitted with ramps and wide hallways, perfect for a wheelchair. And the converted garage works as a perfect first apartment for a 20-year-old with limited mobility.
“The McElwains have a good heart,” the family’s real estate agent, Daurine Wehbe, told the Tampa Bay Times’ Matt Baker. “No one knows that. No one appreciates that.”
Rick Staab first visited the McElwain home for a charity dinner and had briefly kept in touch with Florida’s former coach. Two of his kids, Tyler and Samantha, have dystonia, a neurological disorder that causes involuntary muscle contractions, and Tyler is relegated to a wheelchair.
“This solves everything,” Rick Staab said of McElwain’s home.
The selling price was a bit out of the Staabs’ budget and their bid originally was rejected by McElwain. But when he found out who was trying to buy his mansion he decided to work with the Staabs, and it’d be hard to call the result a loss.