Robert Louis Wade, Jr. (born February 25, 1981 in Orange County, California) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the fifth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Arizona.
Wade has also played for the Tennessee Titans, Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs and the Washington Redskins.
Wade attended Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, Arizona and was a student letterwinner in football, track & field, soccer and basketball. As a senior, he was the USA Today High School Football Player of the Year and he helped lead his team to the Class 5A State Championship. In track & field, he won the Class 5A triple jump title as a senior.
Wade played three seasons for the University of Arizona Wildcats as a wide receiver. In 33 games, he caught 200 passes for 2897 yards and 19 touchdowns.
The Chicago Bears selected Wade in the fifth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. His best season with the team came in 2004 when he caught forty-two passes for 481 yards. In 2005, Wade saw more playing time as a punt returner and scored the first touchdown of his career during the second week of the 2005 season. 2005 also saw 10 fumbles on the season by Wade, including four fumbles in one game. He was released by the Bears late in the 2005 season.
After his release, Wade was signed by the Tennessee Titans and appeared in two games in 2005. He remained with the Titans in 2006 as primarily a back-up wide receiver. In his Titans career, he had 37 receptions for 501 yards and two touchdowns.
On March 6, 2007, Wade signed a free agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings and had the best season of his career. Wade put up career high numbers in receptions (54), yards (647) and touchdowns (3).
In 2008. Wade finished with 53 catches for 645 yards and 2 touchdowns. Also, Wade's team made the playoffs for the first time in his career.
Wade was released by the Vikings three days before the Vikings first game of the 2009 season. This happened just one week after agreeing to rework his contract and take a pay cut from $3 million to $1.5 million for this season. Wade also would have then become a free agent at the end of this season.
Kansas City Chiefs
Wade signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on September 14, 2009.
On Week 13 when the Chiefs played the Denver Broncos, Wade had several dropped passes including a pass where Wade was wide open. Wade was seen arguing with Coach Todd Haley after the play. Bobby Wade would have a hard time getting on the football field after the incident.
Wade signed with the Washington Redskins on April 29, 2010. Wade would be released by the team on September 4, 2010.