Movie to be made about football story of Joey Williams, lay leader at Lambuth Memorial UMC


Joey Williams, left, a member of Lambuth Memorial UMC in Jackson, TN, is about to have a movie made about his story of returning to college at age 44 to fulfill a dream to play college ball. He and his son, Kyle, right, were teammates. Actor Kevin James will play Williams in the movie. (Photo provided by Joey Williams)

44 is the name of a movie to be made about the true college football story of Joey Williams, lay leader at Lambuth Memorial UMC in Jackson, Tenn., and former lay leader of the Memphis Conference’s former Jackson District.

Dr. Gary Morse, pastor of Lambuth Memorial UMC, shared the news with Memphis Conference Communications this week.

“Joey went back to college at the age of 44 and played football on the school team with his son, Kyle," explained Morse.

Morse calls the story "inspirational" because Williams always wanted to play college football, but, due to an injury, had to give up the football scholarship he received when he was younger. 

The “college” where Williams got his second chance was Methodist-affiliated Lambuth University in Jackson that closed in 2011. The campus now operates as the University of Memphis at Lambuth.

According to a March 24 story in The Hollywood Reporter, Kevin James will star in the drama for Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros.


  • Click HERE to learn more about the movie project and Joey Williams' story.
  • Click HERE to watch a short video about Williams' story that was produced by United Methodist Communications in 2003: "The Fountain of Middle Age."
  • Click HERE for Williams' website, Footprints in the Dew.

~Compiled by Lane Gardner Camp, Director of Communications