Greenville High football coach Jeremy Williams to be star of Sunday’s Extreme Makeover ABC-TV show

The “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” episode featuring Greenville football coach Jeremy Williams will be televised at 8 p.m. Sunday by ABC.

Williams, whose inspirational journey was voted the AJC’s Sports Story of the Year by our readers, has the terminal illness of ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Rather than extensive remodeling, the “Extreme Makeover” crew bulldozed the Pine Valley house of Williams, and built a new one to accommodate the health issues of the coach, along with those of his son, Jacob, who was born with spina bifida. The TV show also remodeled the fieldhouse at Greenville High School in late February.

ABC aired a promo for the upcoming episode during this past Sunday’s “Extreme Makeover.” Viewers of the show saw singer-actress Demi Lovato of Disney fame sing to the Williams family while they were on vacation in Colorado — at the same time the construction work was performed back in Georgia, according to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

Follow the Jeremy Williams series in its entirety (click on each link):

Voted as AJC’s Sports Story of Year for 2009: Jeremy Williams remains undefeated, even against fierce illness

Photos: Greenville coach fights ALS

Story: Greenville, inspired by coach, tops Pellham in playoffs

Photos: Jeremy Willilams after playoff win

Story: Greenville coach a rock — and so’s his wife

Story: Greenville’s season ends with loss in playoffs

Photos: Jeremy Williams after team’s playoff loss

Story: Greenville football coach plans to return to sideline

Story: NFL star Michael Oher makes appearance at house renovation for Greenville football coach

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May 10th, 2010
1:43 pm

God Bless them they deserve it, but I am sure he is the kind of person who would trade it all for a healthy family……


May 16th, 2010
9:11 pm

My brother was diagnosed with ALS in May 2008, we thank god for each and every day we have with him! Pat is an inspiration to all of us here in Madison just like Jeremy is to Greenville- Please pray for a cure!!!

Tammy Smallwood

May 16th, 2010
9:34 pm

To the Williams Family…
Such a Blessing to meet a family with so much to offer…Eventhough, you are going through tough times…You are so blessed to have such a wonderful and encouraging family…I thank God for what he is doing in your lives…I pray that God will heal your family…I personally have been through trying times with my family…God has stepped in and healed my Nephew and my Father…When it didn’t look favorable at all…My Father is now going through Cirrhosis of the liver…Never drank or smoked a day in his life…Truly an awesome man of God…But, we don’t know what we are going to face or how we are going to make it…Just trust in the Lord…He will always make a way…I will be praying for you…Each and every one of you are awesome…I think you have done an outstanding Job with raising your children and teaching how to love and respect…I just can’t say enough about how your family has encouraged me, tonight…Such an awesome house for such an awesome family…May God continue to bless and keep you…
God Bless and Much Love,
Tammy Smallwood
P.S. I live in Lanett, Al.
So happy to know that I can say I don’t live that far away from such awesome people!!!! :)

Alisa Diez

May 17th, 2010
12:44 am

Thank you Jeremy for the work that you do, for the inspiration that you are. Sending you and your family prayers for continued joy and blessings every day.

Angela Romans

September 19th, 2011
1:45 am

I watched the show tonight (rerun) for the first time. I tuned in a few minutes into the show so I did not get the chance to hear about the family but one look at Jeremy and I knew that part of the story line. My children’s father passed away on April 25, 2008 of ALS and I took care of him for the last year of his life. Something that Mrs. Williams said on the show struck a cord with me. She said that people often say to her that caring for her husband with ALS must be such a burden…and her response is that it is a blessing. That is exactly how I feel. It was hard to watch the disease take a physically strong man to the person he was when he passed but oh how blessed I was to be able to spend countless days, hours and minutes with that wonderful man. My thoughts and prayers are with the Williams family. Thank you for being such an inspiration to everyone…even those who don’t “know” you.