Waffle House hero James Shaw Jr. appeared on 'Ellen' and revealed that his favorite player is Dwyane Wade ... so, guess who Ellen brought out onstage?!
BOOM! SHE BROUGHT OUT D-WADE!!!
The moment was incredible ... Wade told Shaw that he doesn't just consider him an "American hero" -- but he's also the perfect role model for his kids.
Shaw was clearly touched by Wade's words -- but it didn't stop there.
Wade asked Shaw what good he hopes can come from the terrible April 22 shooting in Nashville, TN -- and Shaw said he's now on a mission to bring awareness to mental health problems in the U.S.
Wade, again impressed, then brought out a special gift to help Shaw fulfill his mission.