Dwyane Wade to Nebraska basketball players: 'This isn't real life'

LINCOLN, Neb. – The pregame debate here Saturday in the wake of buzz created by the visit of a famous couple involved this question: Whom were you more excited to see, Dwyane Wade, or his wife, Gabrielle Union?

Wade, a three-time NBA champion and 11-time All-Star, made his first visit to Memorial Stadium for Nebraska’s football opener against Brigham Young alongside his wife, actress and model Gabrielle Union, a native of Omaha and longtime Huskers fan.

Wade and Union, married in 2014, announced their arrival Saturday on Twitter, though it had been in the works for about two weeks, according to Marc Boehm, Nebraska executive associate athletic director.

Among their morning itinerary in Lincoln, Wade and Union toured the Huskers' basketball facility, the Hendricks Training Complex, and surprised coach Tim Miles' team during a late-scheduled practice.

Wade and Union spent about an hour with the basketball team and took questions from the players for 25 minutes, Miles said.

Safe to say, Wade was impressed with the, $18.7 million, 84,000-square-foot basketball facility, which has been the envy of many programs nationally since it opened in 2011.

“When he tells your guys, ‘This isn’t real life. You don’t know how good you’ve got it,’” Miles said, “it’s awesome ammunition for the coach, I’ll tell you that.”

Wade talked to the basketball players about transitioning from life as a college star under Tom Crean at Marquette to the NBA. Union told the Huskers of her journey from Nebraska to Hollywood.

“They had great messages for our guys,” Miles said. “This was really a great moment for us.”

Wade and Union walked across Tom Osborne Field at Memorial Stadium about 65 minutes before kickoff and posed for a photo with coach Mike Riley, presumably en route to set of comfortable seats away from the 93-degree heat at kickoff.