Christian Wade: Ex-England winger signs for Buffalo Bills

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Christian Wade: Ex-England winger signs for Buffalo Bills
‘You’re officially a Buffalo Bill’ – Wade joins the NFL

Former England rugby union international Christian Wade says he is “completely lost for words” after signing for the NFL’s Buffalo Bills.

The winger, 27, was released by Wasps in October to allow him to pursue a career in American football.

Seen as a potential running back, Wade was one of four players allocated to an AFC East club as part of the league’s International Player Pathway programme.

“Every week that has gone by has exceeded my expectations,” he said.

“At this stage I’m speechless.

“For me this is another step closer to my dream and what I set out to achieve from the start. It’s making me emotional thinking about the risk I took and the magnitude of the move.”

Christian Wade: Former England rugby player on training for the NFL in Miami

Wade, who won one cap for England in 2013 and was called up to the British and Irish Lions squad that summer, is third in the all-time Premiership try-scorers list with 82.

The International Player Pathway allows him to train with the Bills during pre-season and attempt to earn a place on their roster for next season.

If he does not make the 53-man regular season roster then he is guaranteed a place on the practice squad as an exemption, in which case he could not play.

Since December, he has been training alongside NFL veterans and draft hopefuls in Florida.

“There has been a huge mental challenge. It’s like learning a new language – you must go into a classroom and learn something completely new in a short period of time,” Wade added.

“It’s been a real test and will continue to be so as I’ve only scratched the surface of what is required. It’s been a challenge that I have risen to and now I am looking to the next step.”

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