Dwyane Wade is a three-time NBA champion, an NBA finals MVP, and an Olympic gold medalist, but his impact off the court will be remembered just as much as his scoring records. The 37-year-old baller is retiring after his 16th season in the league, and ahead of his final regular season game on Tuesday night, Budweiser released a tribute video honoring Dwyane’s legacy and all the lives he’s changed. Throughout this season, the Miami Heat guard has famously been swapping jerseys with players on opposing teams to commemorate his last season, but Budweiser surprised him with real-life apparel from five lives he’s touched.
Those people include: Andrea Ghersi, whose brother was one of the Parkland shooting victims and was buried in Dwyane’s Miami Heat jersey; a woman who Dwyane took shopping after her house burned down; a woman who Dwyane supported with a college scholarship; and a man from a poor Miami neighborhood. Dwyane’s mother, Jolinda Wade, was also featured in the video, where she praised him for standing by her side when she was in jail and supporting her every step of the way in her sobriety. In 2008, Dwyane bought his mother a church called the Temple of Praise, and it changed her life forever.
“You don’t even understand the lives that you changed,” Jolinda said. “I am more proud of the man you have become than the basketball player. You are bigger than basketball.” Jolinda and the others featured in the video are just a few of the people that Dwyane has so selflessly influenced. He’s done a lot of sweating during his time in the NBA, but right now, Dwyane has our tear ducts dripping. Watch the video ahead, and see how others are reacting to this touching tribute.