After graduation he went on to Emory & Henry College where he participated in football, basketball and baseball. Wade was voted Virginia’s College Football Player of the Year in 1966, 67, and 68.
In 1967, Wade led the nation in scoring with 141 points. He set numerous Emory & Henry offensive records. In 1968, Wade quarterbacked Emory & Henry to a national record of 553.3 yards per game, was 2nd in the nation in total offense and passing and was voted 1st team Associated Press Little All-American Quarterback.
Wade was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles, but joined the Alouettes in 1969 after they had suffered 9 straight losing seasons. Coached by former Alouettes great Sam Etcheverry and the famed Marv Levy, Wade became one of the best clutch players in Grey Cup history.
During his 10 years with Montreal, he completed 1083 of his 2087 passes, for 51.9%, and 15,014 yards. He threw for 89 touchdowns, but his greatest weakness was the interception, and he was picked off 169 times. This includes 30 picks in his rookie season of 1969 and 31 in the Grey Cup championship year of 1970. He also had a record 7 interceptions against the Calgary Stampeders on September 24, 1972.
In addition, he still hold the Als record for most punts, with 852.