Although he has played for the Miami Heat for 13 seasons, three of which ended in an NBA title, Dwyane Wade recently made the decision to return to his roots. The NBA star, who was born in Chicago, IL on January 17, 1982, is now a proud member of the Chicago Bulls after signing a two-year, $ 47.5 million contract. For Dwyane, it’s a dream come true. After all, it was while watching the Chicago Bulls play as a kid that he really became interested in the sport.
Despite being an NBA superstar who is destined for the NBA Hall of Fame, Dwyane has managed to keep a good deal of information about himself surprisingly quiet. From how he got involved in the game of basketball to why so few colleges were interested in recruiting him, here are 20 things you probably don’t know about Dwyane Wade.
1. You have a deep appreciation for fast food.
While he is an athlete, that doesn’t mean that Dwyane eats healthy foods all the time. He has admitted his love for all things McDonalds and Harold’s Chicken Shack, a restaurant found in Atlanta and Chicago that serves fried chicken, as well as gizzards, giblets, lizards, and catfish. He also loves Home Run Inn Pizza, a beloved Chicago-area restaurant, which he’ll be eating more often now that he’s playing for the Chicago Bulls. As for home cooking, she loves fried chicken and mashed potatoes.
2. Despite an above-average high school basketball career, colleges were hesitant to recruit him.
As a senior in high school, he averaged 27.0 points per game and 11.0 rebounds per game. Due to academic concerns, most colleges chose to stay away from the Harold L. Richards High School graduate. In fact, only three schools (DePaul University, Illinois State, and Marquette University) chose to follow it. He eventually settled on Marquette University, where he was accepted as a partial qualifier due to his low academic scores that made him ineligible to play at first.
3. He wouldn’t mind being an announcer when he finished his degree.
Although he did not graduate from college (he chose to give up his senior year to enter the NBA draft), Dwyane majored in television journalism. He has mentioned in several interviews that he would like to be an NBA announcer after his retirement. While you may not have a degree, you probably won’t have a hard time finding a job if you choose to go down that path.
4. Despite being only five years older than him, Dwyane’s sister, Tragil Wade, played a monumental role in the way he was raised.
Her parents divorced at a young age and custody of the siblings was awarded to her mother, despite her having a history of drug use. When he was eight years old, he and Tragil lived with his mother in a dangerous and high-crime area in South Chicago. One day, Tragil told him they were going to the movies, but instead took him to his father’s house in a different neighborhood and left him. Within a year, his father had moved his family to Robbins, IL, a Chicago suburb where Dwyane began playing basketball. Would his life be the same if Tragil hadn’t taken him to his father that day? Probably not.
5. His marriage to Gabrielle Union was actually his second.
In 2002, at the young age of 20, Dwyane married his high school sweetheart, Siohvaughn Funches, after she gave birth to their first child, Zaire Blessing Dwyane Wade. In 2007, the couple welcomed their second child, Zion Malachi Airamis Wade, and went through a rough patch in their marriage. Soon after, they got divorced and things quickly turned ugly. There were allegations of everything from abuse to kidnapping, but finally in 2010 the divorce was finalized and the couple went their separate ways.
6. In fact, he has three children.
In addition to Zaire and Zion, she has a third child, Xavier Zechariah Wade, who was born in late 2013. His birth was announced just a week after Dwyane got engaged to the Gabby Union. Dwyane explained that the baby was a “blessing” that he had fathered during a break with Gabby. (His mother is Dwyane’s longtime friend, Aja Metoyer.) (On an interesting side note, Xavier’s half-siblings were fathered by Damon Wayans Jr.) In June 2007, he was named Father of the Year 2007 by the National Father’s Day Committee. .
7. You are committed to giving back to charity.
Whether you love him or hate him, you can’t deny that Dwyane Wade gives back to charity, especially in the Chicago area. He started the Wade World Foundation, a charity …