Former England and Wasps winger Christian Wade scored a sensational 65-yard touchdown for the Buffalo Bills in his NFL debut on Thursday night.
Wade left a successful career in rugby aged 27, to pursue a dream of making in the NFL and made quite the impact on his debut scoring a superb touchdown with his first touch of the game.
The former winger collected the ball off Bills quarterback Tyree Jackson and raced past the Indianapolis Colts defence to grab the first touchdown of his NFL career.
From rugby star to the NFL …
— ESPN (@espn) August 9, 2019
Wade had announced his intention to leave rugby last October and in April he secured a contract with the Buffalo via the NFL’s International Player Pathway Program.
This program, which was established in 2017, offers an opportunity for athletes outside of the USA to train with established NFL players in the hope of earning a place in a squad.
The potential squads rotate between divisions each year and in this particular instance, there were four spots up for grabs in an AFC East franchise
The 28-year old had been widely regarded as one of English rugby’s finest finishers, but despite being the third highest try scorer in Premiership history, Wade failed to make a similar impact at international level, earning just two caps for his country.
His lack of caps for England prompted him to leave rugby union altogether and instead try his hand at American football.