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Dwayne Wade Honored as "Bigger Than Basketball" on Eve of Retirement

Budweiser releases new ad starring Wade, and the lives he's touched in Hall of Fame career.


NBA superstar Dwayne Wade is retiring at the end of this season, and the future Hall of Famer is being honored for more than just his heroics on the court.

As part of his farewell tour, the Miami Heat guard has made a habit of swapping jerseys with some of the game's biggest stars after each game. A new ad from Budweiser pays tribute to Wade's jersey exchanges, and to his impact on his community, particularly in South Florida.

"@DwyaneWade's legacy is bigger than basketball. Watch how we surprised him in honor of his #OneLastDance #ThisBudsFor3 " - @budweiser

In the four-minute ad, five different individuals share what Wade's career has meant to them. That includes Andrea Ghersi, whose younger brother Joaquin Oliver was one of the 17 victims killed in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018. Oliver was a huge Heat fan and was buried wearing Wade's jersey. Ghersi presents Wade with Oliver's basketball jersey.

Dwayne Wade (left) swaps jerseys with Houston Rockets star Chris Paul. @dwaynewade on Instagram

Another young woman, who received a full scholarship from Wade to attend college, presents the three-time NBA champion with her graduation cap and gown.

Finally, Wade meets with his own mother, who explains how he helped her throughout his childhood and adult life, as she battled drug issues and spent time in prison.

Wade will play his last home regular season game in Miami tonight, and will play his final regular season game tomorrow in Brooklyn. The Heat are currently battling for a spot in the playoffs.

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