In an era where many athletes view college as a mere stepping-stone to professional paychecks and televised glory, it has become rare to witness a player literally be honored as “All-Everything”. Miami Heat point guard, Dwyane Wade, is the six foot four firebrand exception to that pervasive rule. From his days dominating local high school squads in the Chicago area to his single-handed heroics carrying the whole of Marquette University on his back to the 2003 Final Four, Wade has become one of the more decorated ballers in recent memory. During that same NCAA Tournament that showcased Dwyane’s deadly combination of determination and talent, the national basketball audience caught its first glimpse of the future of the guard position in the game. As a consensus All-American in college, a unanimous selection to the 2003-04 All-Rookie Team, and even a member of this past summer’s Olympic Team, D-Wade has excelled at every level.
While to the disappointment of er ... everyone, Dwyane was unable to add Gold Medalist to his already lengthy resume of accomplishments, the fall brought an unprecedented amount of excitement as the Big Diesel, Shaquille O’Neal, came to South Beach to pair with Dwyane for a 2005 version of the Dynamic Duo. Combining with The Man of Steel to provide a lethal one two punch, Wade has helped the once laughable Heat transform into the super-hero force in the Eastern Conference.