Star of Sunday’s ‘Extreme Makeover’ TV show is Greenville High football coach Jeremy Williams

Jeremy Williams (left) with his two children (AJC)

Jeremy Williams (left) with his two children (AJC)

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.

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

15 comments Add your comment


May 16th, 2010
3:51 am

Cant wait. The Williams family deserves this new home. Great people.

30-24 Dawgs - WE RUN THIS STATE!

May 16th, 2010
8:43 pm

Proud of The Williams Family and great to see their story presented to a nationwide prime-time audience.

Sue and Buster Yost

May 16th, 2010
9:31 pm

My husband and I watched the show tonight and The Williams’ Family is truly a loving family who deserved everything and more….it takes a lot to bring my husband to tears, but this one did…God Bless each of you and the ones that made it possible. Fight hard Coach Williams!


May 16th, 2010
10:02 pm

Nice story. Good guys can finish first!

Bob Walliker

May 16th, 2010
11:55 pm

The Shriners can help the Williams child with spinal Bifida at no cost to the family. We have the finest pediatric surgeons in the world. There 22 Shriner’s hospitals for Children in North America. I am in Portland Oregon, and a Shriner here. If you can pass this on to the family, have them contact me and I will see about a referral to the nearest hospital to see what we can do for the boy.


May 17th, 2010
6:10 am

It was nice to see this show the family deserves it don’t know them but it looks like he cares about the kids first and then the game of football.


May 17th, 2010
7:44 am

Watched Extreme Home Makeover last night with tears in my eyes. My mom died from ALS in 1998 and I know the pain this family is going through. I’m so glad they were able to help them with their home and with their medical expenses. This is a horrible disease and I pray that someday soon a cure and treatment will be found. My prayers are with the Williams family.


May 17th, 2010
11:31 am

Goog guys do finish first!!!!!!!!!

ana jurado

May 23rd, 2010
11:27 am

hola me encanta este programa aqui en venezuela lo pasan x cable ojala pudieran venir y ayudarme mi esposo es policia de maracaibo tenemos un bebe de 1 año el terreno donde se construyo la casa no era de nadie y mi esposo invadio e iso una casita la hicieron en menos de un mes y nuestro bebe tenia 1 mes y dias de nacido la casa no se limpio bien y huele mucho a cemento los tres somos alergicos no tenemos muebles solo lo escencial xq aqui en venezuela lamentablemente no ayudan a nadie y para hacer la casita mi esposo tuvo q prestarle dinero a muchas personas q prestan con interese muy altos y no nos alcansa estamos ahogados porq el trabaja para pagar intereses y hay gastos con el bebe yo lo ayudo poco cuando me sale trabajo yo arreglo cabello pero a domicilio y aveces no puedo xq el tiene 1 año y 2meses y es muy incomodo llevarlo no les pido mayor cosa y a lo mejor no es aqui donde tengo q escribir para una ayuda pero no se ingles perdon por la molestia y gracias

Maria Gabriela Campo

July 13th, 2010
10:27 am

My name is Maria Gabriela and there is a family that deeply want to help with this project developed, are a poor and humble family that always help many people, the member of this family is dedicated to paint houses and generally make people work without pay q can not pay, they live precariously, are people trabajodoras and humble. I know there are many of these orders and cases and also that there is light and opportunity for all parties if this would be a project may be more for more. Thank you so much for reading my note.
From Argentina Buenos Aires Capital.

Lisa Schweizer

September 20th, 2010
6:30 am

I watched the rerun last night, cried from beginning to end. My brother Tom also has ALS, terrible disease,but Mr. Williams story gave me hope and inspiration.

Henrietta Ruizol

September 20th, 2010
10:13 am

I watch the episode on EXTREME MAKEOVER HOME EDITION of a football coach JEREMY WILLIAMS. I was so touched & could not help but cry from beginning to the end of the show. The family deserves this amazing deeds. They are excellent model to people who have lost hope for whatever reason, whether it be health, financial, family, etc. Seldom could you find a family who are so united & together braved the storms of life. I SALUTE TO THE SPONSORING GROUP & TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED IN MAKING THIS MAKEOVER POSSIBLE. MAY GOD BLESS YOU!

melissa ramkissoon

September 20th, 2010
10:19 am


deborah strauther

September 19th, 2011
1:22 am

and we complain, about the small things in life, this family is love all around, such bravery, love , compassion for other is so overwhelming, Williams family God bless you and let their be Love so great that healing

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