'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' update: Michael Oher, football star, involved in Pine Mountain Valley project

February 22, 2010 

Michael Oher, the football player whose story is told in the film "The Blind Side," is involved in the local installment of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," a spokesperson with the project confirmed today.

Oher's mother, Leigh Anne Tuohy, is also involved.

Greenville High School football coach Jeremy Williams and his family learned on Sunday they had been selected for the show. Crews will build them a new Pine Mountain Valley home while they vacation at the Adaptive Sports Center in Crested Butte, Colo.

Two of the family’s four members have disabilities: father Jeremy and son Jacob.

Jeremy Williams, 38, suffers from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The fatal condition affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

It’s incurable and impacts behaviors like speech, swallowing and breathing.

Williams, who played football at Kendrick High in Columbus, led the Greenville High Patriots to an undefeated record and a playoff victory last year before having the season ended by eventual state champion Wilcox County.

Williams has a 6-year-old son, Jacob, who was born with spina bifida, an incomplete development of the spinal cord. The boy requires a wheelchair and treatments include surgery.

The family also includes wife Jennifer, 38, and daughter Josie, 8.

Their old home had problems like a cracked and sinking foundation and mold-infected walls, according to a statement released by the show Sunday. Also, its small size wasn’t conducive to people with disabilities.

The “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” team, along with community volunteers and local builders with Nationwide Homes and Palm Harbor Homes, will build the family an energy-efficient home this week.

Crews are scheduled to reveal the new home — complete with cheers to “move that bus!” — on Saturday.

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