Greenville High football coach Jeremy Williams, who has inspired many with his upbeat and positive attitude after being diagnosed with a terminal illness, is being profiled in a documentary by Rick Cohen, the executive producer of Atlanta-based FishEye Media, Inc.
Here is a trailer from the “Season of a Lifetime” documentary. And if the rest of it is anything like this clip, WOW! Let me set up the clip:
Williams, whose health has deteriorated in recent months, returned to the University of Memphis for the spring football game in April. Williams was a four-year starter at safety for the Tigers from 1990-93. Memphis decided to rename its MVP award from the spring game after Williams, beginning this year. Roll clip …
A few other notes about the clip: Memphis head coach Larry Porter is also a former star player (running back) at the school, playing all four years together with Williams. The two former teammates still have a lot of respect and admiration for each other, with Porter telling the Memphis Commercial Appeal, “Jeremy and I came to Memphis together, we both played high school football in Columbus, Ga. He’s a man’s man that I’ve always admired. I don’t say this just to be saying it, but if I could be half the man he is I’d be totally satisfied in life. He’s a Christian man, he’s a great husband, a tremendous father and a great leader.” (To read the rest of the terrific story, please click here)
Who was the first winner of the Jeremy Williams MVP award for the Memphis spring game? None other than Atlanta’s own Marcus Ball, younger brother of former Georgia Tech QB Reggie Ball. Marcus was one of Georgia’s top prospects out of Stephenson High School in 2006, signing with Florida State. He had a tumultuous second season at FSU before deciding to transfer, spending one year in junior college before ending up at Memphis. To his credit, Marcus (6 foot, 200 pounds) appears to have resurrected his football career with the Tigers, and is an all-star candidate (and NFL prospect) at free safety.
Back to the “Season of a Lifetime” documentary: Cohen and crew will be following Williams and Greenville High this season. On Friday, they filmed the Team’s BBQ held at the new house of the Williams which was constructed by the ABC-TV show “Extreme Home Makeover.” (Click here for “Makeover” story)
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