If you watch TNT’s NBA coverage at all, you are probably a big Ernie Johnson fan. I mean, how can you not be? Here’s this nerdy white guy who is somehow so smooth anchoring a sometimes hilarious, always unpredictable studio show with a bunch of boisterous ex-jocks—often while wearing a bowtie.
What you may not know about EJ, though, is that he’s also just a really good dude. Along with two biological children, he and his wife Cheryl are raising four adopted kids. He’s also heavily involved with several charities, including Samaritan’s Feet, which is trying to put 10 million pairs of shoes on 10 million kids’ feet worldwide over the next ten years.
Oh, and he’s also a cancer survivor, having beaten Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2006 after a three-year battle.
That may have something to do with the fact that last night at the Sports Emmy Awards, after winning his third Best Studio Host Emmy, he called the daughters of beloved broadcaster Stuart Scott to the stage.
As you probably know, Scott died of cancer early this year. After a brief tribute, Johnson handed his Emmy over to Taelor and Sydni. (The girls themselves overcame emotion to express their gratitude, as you can see here. Sorry, espn.com sucks for embedding video.) Just another reason to admire a real class act. Keep doing what you’re doing, EJ!