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Ernie Johnson Jr. is at the top of his game as a sportscaster for Turner Sports and CBS Sports—the lead TV voice for Major League Baseball (TBS), the host of Inside the NBA (TNT), and a contributor to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament (Turner and CBS).

He is also a faithful Christian and a father who has adopted children, one of whom has special needs.

“It’s rooted in our faith, our Christian faith,” he told the Courier-Journal in 2014. “We’re instructed to care for orphans and widows. We don’t want credit. We don’t want pats on the back. We’re getting a heck of a lot more out of it than they are.”

You might want to grab some tissues before you watch this ESPN E:60 profile:

Note the theme that Ernie Johnson Jr. is the kind of father he is because of the kind of father he had. And for those who have eyes to see, there is an even deeper level if you know of Ernie Johnson’s faith.

If you want to see another couple raising children with special needs, in a Christ-exalting way, see this beautiful and hope-giving new book by Andrew and Rachel Wilson: The Life We Never Expected: Hopeful Reflections on the Challenges of Parenting Children with Special Needs.


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  1. Dana Olson says:

    JT, this is just so wonderful I can’t stand it. Thank you. What a blessing. When’s the next car show? D.

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