As a high school football player, Sonny Wade was known for leading Martinsville High School to the 1964 Blue Ridge District title.
As a quarterback at Emory & Henry College, Wade was known for directing a high-powered offense in 1968 that generated a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics record of 553.3 yards per game in total offense.
As a pro signal-caller in the Canadian Football League, he was known for steering the Montreal Alouettes to three championships while winning three Grey Cup MVP awards in a career so storied that he wound up featured on a Canada postage stamp.
He has settled into the bucolic life.
Forty-five years after putting on a football uniform for the final time, Jesse Harold Wade Jr. lives with his wife, Gayle, on a 265-acre spread in Henry County.
Their three sons are in their 40s. Grandchildren have joined the Wade roster. Relics and remnants of two decades of gridiron greatness rest in memorabilia and memories.