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This Tribute to Dwyane Wade Will Make You Cry

Wade has had a remarkable basketball career, but that's not the focus of the video - not in the slightest

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    Budweiser Tributes Dwyane Wade in Heartfelt Video

    Ahead of Dwyane Wade's final regular season home game, Budweiser released an emotional tribute video about the lives he influenced.

    (Published Tuesday, April 9, 2019)

    Grab the tissues, because you're going to need them for this tribute for Dwyane Wade's last dance.

    Budweiser unveiled the emotional four-minute video Tuesday to honor the Chicago native, the Miami Heat's all-time leading scorer who spent one year playing for his hometown Bulls, ahead of his retirement from the NBA at the end of this season.

    Wade has had a remarkable basketball career, winning three NBA championships and averaging 22 points per game over 16 seasons. But that's not the focus of the video - not in the slightest.

    Called "This Bud's For 3," the video opens with a montage of Wade's ritual of trading jerseys with other NBA players.

    "But before he says goodbye," the video says, "we surprised him with five more."

    But those five jerseys turned out to actually be sentimental items from five people who met Wade on the Heat's home court to share with him how he impacted them - including his mother, telling her son how much his faith in her helped turn her life around from an addiction to drugs and imprisonment.

    The sister of Parkland shooting victim Joaquin Oliver, who counted himself as one of Wade's biggest fans, gave the Heat star the jersey her brother wore during his last basketball championship game.

    "You're not Wade the basketball player, the legend," she said. "You're the human being that took the time, that on his own wrote my brother's name on his shoe. And you care."

    Another young woman handed Wade her cap and gown from her college graduation, telling him that it was always her dream to go to college, but she didn't have the money - until he provided her with a full-tuition scholarship.

    A man who told Wade that he came "from an area where not too many people make it" handed the 13-time NBA All-Star the suit jacket he wore to his first job interview.

    "Having you as a role model has made all the difference," he wrote in a message to Wade inside the jacket.

    Another woman reminded Wade of the time that her family's house burned down 10 days before Christmas, calling it "one of the lowest points" of her life - until Wade stepped in to take them on a shopping spree.

    "It just meant the world to me that you were there for us at this time. You became our hero," she said.

    Jolinda Wade walked onto the court to tell her son that she went down a road that she didn't ever think she'd come back from.

    "But on that road, I noticed you kept showing up," Wade said. Battling a drug addiction, Jolinda Wade served 23 months in prison beginning in 1994, but failed to report to prison during her second sentence while on work release in 1997.

    She decided to turn her life around at a church service in 2001, returning to prison to serve the rest of her sentence and becoming a Baptist pastor after her release. In 2008, Dwyane Wade bought her a church on Chicago's South Side, where she continues to preach.

    "And Dwyane, because you believed in me, when I got out of prison, I was a different woman," Jolinda Wade said. "When you bought your mama that church, you don't even understand the lives that you changed."

    "I am more proud of the man you have become than the basketball player," she said, handing her son a purple robe that she said symbolized royalty. "You are bigger than basketball."

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