When legendary broadcaster Ernie Johnson received a call from Alabama head coach Nick Saban about speaking to the Crimson Tide at a team practice, Johnson said there was only one way to answer: “What time?”

Johnson, who is known for being the host of Inside the NBA on TNT, has had a long career covering basketball and baseball. And the 64-year-old had plenty of wisdom and stories to share with the Alabama team recently — even drawing connections to his NBA studio show where he works alongside Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal.

“See, the reason our show is successful is because nobody tries to make it about themselves,” Johnson told the team. “Chuck’s never tried to do that. Shaq’s never tried to do that. And neither has Kenny [Smith]. And God knows I’m not trying to, nobody cares what I think about a basketball game. I’m just trying to get us from Point A to Point B to Point C, and I’m trying to make these guys shine. It’s about knowing your role.”

Johnson had much more to talk about than sports, though. He also told the inspirational tale of when he and his wife adopted the first of four children from Romania — his son, Michael, who was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy.

The Crimson Tide shared a video from Johnson’s talk, and it’s certainly worth a watch:


Alabama is currently practicing and preparing for 2021 season, which begins with a matchup against Miami in Atlanta on Sept. 4 at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.