COLUMBUS, GA -
Four years ago, Columbus native Jeremy Williams led Greenville high school to an undefeated football season. After being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, he has become much more than a coach.
“I cannot walk, move my arms, breathe on my own, or even talk. But, my God is still using me,” Williams said.
That is the message Jeremy Williams shared with FCA students from around the area at Columbus High School. The former football coach may not be able to roam the sidelines anymore because of Lou Gehrig’s disease. But, his personality still shines bright.
“My nickname in college while playing football at the University of Memphis was the 'Georgia assassin. I am an old, broken down, hard headed, spitfire. Football loving Jesus freak,” said Williams.
The challenges in Williams’ life would overwhelm most people. Even beyond his terminal illness, his wife is undergoing chemotherapy, and his son is paralyzed from the waist down. But, nothing can take away the smile from his face.
“Please, I do not need or want your pity. Can you not see that my joy and peace is in Jesus Christ? I am blessed. I say again, I am blessed,” Williams said.
Williams says he looks forward to the day he can make a big football tackle in Heaven.