Dwyane Wade surprises Waffle House hero James Shaw Jr. during Ellen Show

Heat guard Dwyane Wade stands next to Andrea Ghersi, the sister of Joaquin Oliver, 17, during the National Anthem at American AirlinesArena on March 3. Oliver was killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school shooting on Feb, 14. ( Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald).

Dwyane Wade surprised Waffle House hero James Shaw Jr. during Shaw’s appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Shaw, who took down and wrestled away an assault rifle from the man who shot and killed four people on April 22 at a Waffle House in Nashville, Tenn., was a guest on the show on Wednesday. Shaw, 29, loves basketball and has let it known that Wade is his favorite player.

“I like the way he carries himself off the court,” Shaw said about Wade, who is one of 10 finalists for the NBA Cares Community Assist Award.

Wade then surprised Shaw on the show, which was aired today.

“I know you don’t want be called a hero, but I look at you as an American hero,” Wade told Shaw. “If I were to sit across from you as I am now, would say, obviously how brave you are. But for me, when I sit down with my kids and talk to them about role models who I want them to look to, I would tell them to go look up James Shaw Jr.”

Police say Shaw saved many lives by disarming the man, who killed two people outside the Waffle House before entering the restaurant and killing one person and injuring three others, one of whom later died at the hospital. Shaw, who was dining there at the time, suffered minor injuries during the scuffle. He got control of the rifle and threw it behind the counter.

Shaw started a GoFundMe account to pay for the funerals of the people who were shot and it raised more than $215,000.

Wade asked Shaw what he’d like to see come from the tragedy.

“What I want to see come from all this is, it’s a public health problem that we have, it’s a mental health problem that the United States as a whole has,” Shaw said. “One in five individuals in the United States suffer from some kind of mental disorder and that’s close to like 45 million people.

“That’s a very large and eye-raising problem. So, I want to bring some kind of awareness to it. If I can help that problem, then I think that’s what I should do.”

Wade then presented Shaw with a $20,000 check.

Wade is one of 10 finalist for the season-long community assist award. He earned the award in March because of his support for the Parkland community after 14 students and three adults were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High by a lone gunman on Feb. 14.

Wade also is a finalist for the 2017-18 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award given by the Professional Basketball Writers Association.

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