The “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” episode featuring Greenville High football coach Jeremy Williams will be televised at 8 p.m. Sunday by ABC.
Williams, whose inspirational story was voted as the AJC’s Sports Story of the Year, 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.
“Oh my gosh, I think every TV on this side of the state will be watching the show,” said Carol Lane, superintendent of Meriwether County Schools. “It has been the talk of the town for months, and everybody is really excited for Jeremy.”
The coach will keep a low profile on Sunday. Williams plans to gather with family and friends in Columbus to both celebrate his son Jacob’s birthday (recently turned 7) and watch the TV program.
Williams and his family haven’t been able to say anything publicly about the “Extreme Makeover” prior to Sunday’s broadcast due to contractual obligations.
On Saturday morning, Williams was scheduled to return from a four-day hunting trip in Wyoming with his older brother. He will oversee Greenville’s spring football practices, which resume on Monday.
The Patriots return 13 starters, including at most skill positions, from a team that posted an 11-1 record last year, losing to eventual state champion Wilcox County in the playoff’s second round.
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