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I missed watching Sunday night’s scheduled version of “Extreme Makeover” featuring Greenville football coach Jeremy Williams on national TV. I was returning from a family event in Charleston, S.C.
But I knew exactly when it was on. My cell started blowing up with text messages and emails, with most people moved to tears. And I’m talking about a few people I know who don’t cry about anything.
They were touched by the story of the small-town football coach who displays such a wonderful attitude and has a powerful influence on many young people (his players, students, kids) despite being diagnosed with a terminal illness. The AJC has been following the “Jeremy Williams story” since the fall (see the links below), and we’ll be in Greenville, Ga., on Monday to follow up on the coach’s national TV debut, along with updates on his condition.
Somebody asked me while sitting on a boat dock on Sunday whether or not I still enjoyed my job — after writing and doing something journalism-related for 25 years. And if I enjoyed it, then why? That’s always a probing question for anybody in any occupation.
“Yes, I enjoy my job. Why? Because I get to tell people’s stories.”
Few people have a story like Jeremy’s … and I appreciate him letting me tell so much of it.
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Follow the Jeremy Williams series in its entirety (click on each link):