Al Roker's son with special needs 'doesn't let anything stand in his way'

Full of admiration! Al Rokercouldn’t be prouder of his 17-year-old son, Nick.

“He’s one of those people that doesn’t let anything stand in his way,” the Today anchorman, 64, told Us Weekly exclusively at the Figure Skating in Harlem’s 2019 Champions in Life Benefit Gala on Monday, April 29. “I don’t think he acknowledges whatever issues he’s got. ‘I’m just going to do this.’ [It’s] so great.”

When it comes to spending time with his teenager, the meteorologist likes doing “the average stuff.”

“Last night, we went to go see the Avengers: Endgame [movie],” Roker told Us. “You know, you’re in a movie, it’s not a lot of talking, but you’re together and then talking about it afterwards.”

See photos of Al and Nicholas Roker together:

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 14: Al Roker, Deborah Roberts and Nicholas Albert Roker attend the 2019 Adapt Leadership Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street on March 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 14: (L-R) Al Roker, Nicholas Albert Roker, and Deborah Roberts attend the 2019 2nd Annual ADAPT Leadership Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street on March 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for ADAPT Leadership Awards )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 14: (L-R) Al Roker, Nicholas Albert Roker, Deborah Roberts, Tamron Hall, David Muir and Susan Lucci attend the 2019 2nd Annual ADAPT Leadership Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street on March 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for ADAPT Leadership Awards )
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 05: Al Roker and son Nicholas Roker backstage after Roker made his Broadway debut in the hit musical "Waitress" on Broadway at The Brooks Atkinson Theatre on October 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 05: Al Roker and family pose backstage after Roker made his Broadway debut in the hit musical "Waitress" on Broadway at The Brooks Atkinson Theatre on October 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: (L-R) Kourtney Sokmen, Dylan Dreyer, Deborah Kosofsky, Al Roker and Nicholas Albert Roker attend "Siriously Delicious" by Siri Daly book launch event at Williams Sonoma Columbus Circle on April 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Time Inc. Books)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: (L-R) Nicholas Albert Roker, Willie Geist, Siri Daly, Jenna Bush Hager and Al Roker attend "Siriously Delicious" by Siri Daly book launch event at Williams Sonoma Columbus Circle on April 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Time Inc. Books)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: Nicholas Albert Roker, Deborah Roberts and Al Roker attend New York Knicks Vs Cleveland Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden on April 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: (L-R) Al Roker, Deborah Roberts, Nicholas Roker, and Leila Roker attend the Adapt Leadership Awards Gala 2018 at Cipriani 42nd Street on March 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Adapt Community Network)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: (L-R) Deborah Roberts, Nicholas Roker, and Al Roker attend the Adapt Leadership Awards Gala 2018 at Cipriani 42nd Street on March 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Adapt Community Network)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 26: (L-R) Leila Roker, Deborah Roberts, Al Roker and Nicholas Albert Roker attend the 2016 CollegeBound Initiative celebration at Jazz at Lincoln Center on May 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 1: Al Roker, his wife Deborah Roberts and their children Leila Roker and Nicholas Albert Roker attend day two of the 2015 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: Nicholas Roker, Al Roker and Leila Roker attend the "Kung Fu Panda 3" New York screening at AMC Loews Kips Bay 15 theater on January 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 28: TV personality Al Roker (2nd R) with Nicholas Albert Roker, Deborah Roberts, and Leila Roker attend Nickelodeon's 28th Annual Kids' Choice Awards held at The Forum on March 28, 2015 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 28: TV personality Al Roker (R) with Nicholas Albert Roker, Deborah Roberts, and Leila Roker attend Nickelodeon's 28th Annual Kids' Choice Awards held at The Forum on March 28, 2015 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16: Nicholas Albert Roker, Al Roker (C), and Leila Roker attend 'The Divergent Series: Insurgent' New York premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on March 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Al Roker, his wife Deborah Roberts and their kids Leila Roker and Nicholas Albert Roker attend Day 4 of the 2014 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Al Roker, his wife Deborah Roberts and their kids Leila Roker and Nicholas Albert Roker attend Day 4 of the 2014 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 23: TV personalities Deborah Lee-Roberts (L) and Al Roker (R) with children and Nicholas Roker and Leila Roker arrive at Nickelodeon's 26th Annual Kids' Choice Awards at USC Galen Center on March 23, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - MARCH 02: AL Roker and his wife Deborah Roberts pose for a photo with their children Leila and Nicholas Roker at the launch of "First Ladies Tour" series on We TV at the Helen Mills Theater on March 2, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Kohen/WireImage)
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The weather anchor opened up about raising Nick, who has special needs and is “somewhere on the spectrum and maybe obsessive-compulsive,” in Guideposts magazine’s May cover story.

“Nick blossomed, far more than Deborah or I could have ever expected, given his original iffy prognosis,” the weather anchor wrote. “I can’t begin to take credit for who Nick is and who he might become. All sorts of specialists can tell you about limitations for this and that. Nick never got that message.”

The NBC personality added: “Nick is a hard worker; he’s got a great sense of humor; he’s outgoing and a good swimmer; he’s developing a pretty good top-of-the-key basketball shot. He takes chess lessons a couple times a week, and he does OK. He’s also very affectionate — like his grandfather — and full of love to share.”

Roker and journalist Deborah Roberts tied the knot in 1995. They also share daughter Leila, 20.

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TODAY -- Pictured: Al Roker on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Dr. Travis Stork and Al Roker on Friday, November 2, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Kathie Lee Gifford as Madonna and Al Roker as Doc Brown on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Al Roker as Doc Brown on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Al Roker on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 05: (L-R) NBC Today Show's Dylan Dreyer, Sheinelle Jones, Deborah Roberts, husband Al Roker, Craig Melvin and wife Lindsay Czarniak pose backstage as Al Roker makes his Broadway debut in the hit musical 'Waitress' on Broadway at The Brooks Atkinson Theatre on October 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 05: (L-R) Katie Lowes, Al Roker and Adam Shapiro pose backstage as Roker makes his Broadway debut in the hit musical 'Waitress' on Broadway at The Brooks Atkinson Theatre on October 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 05: Al Roker poses backstage as he makes his Broadway debut in the hit musical 'Waitress' on Broadway at The Brooks Atkinson Theatre on October 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 05: Al Roker as 'Old Joe' makes his Broadway debut in the hit musical 'Waitress' on Broadway at The Brooks Atkinson Theatre on October 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
TODAY -- Pictured: Al Roker on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 02: Al Roker visits SiriusXM Studios on October 2, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 02: Al Roker visits SiriusXM Studios on October 2, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Al Roker on Thursday, September 27, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Al Roker and Deborah Roberts attend the American Theatre Wing Centennial Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on September 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for American Theatre Wing)
TODAY -- Pictured: Al Roker on Monday, September 24, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Novak Djokovic and Al Roker on Monday, September 10, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Al Roker on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Carson Daly, Savannah Guthrie, Craig Melvin and Al Roker on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Al Roker and Janelle Monae on Friday, August 24, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MEGYN KELLY TODAY -- Pictured: Al Roker on Wednesday, Auguest 1, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MEGYN KELLY TODAY -- Pictured: Al Roker on Wednesday, Auguest 1, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Al Roker on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 26: Al Roker attends the 2018 Hallmark Channel Summer TCA at Private Residence on July 26, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
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With reporting by Lexi Ciccone

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