The 28-year-old failed to make the Bills’ 53-man roster over the weekend but he has been retained in the practise squad to develop over the coming year.
He only started his career in American football at the beginning of 2019 with the international player pathway and was allocated to the Bills in April, so he is still raw in the sport. But his very first match in his new profession drew a lot of attention in Britain, as the speedster scored a stunning touchdown.
However, while he did not do enough to earn a place for the 2019 NFL season, he said on Instagram that he is “looking forward to continuing learning and working even harder to develop as a football player!”
Wade thanked the Bills for keeping him on and praised his family as he pursues this unique career change. He also thanked the NFL “for seeing the potential, supporting me and helping me develop into a football player”.
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I’ve got so much to be thankful for! God has truly blessed me and allowed me to succeed in following my dreams. I want to Thank my family for being my Anchor and for continually supporting me. It was the best feeling ever to have them here with me this weekend and for them to see me playing in the NFL at New Era Field. Family is everything ???? **** I want to thank the @buffalobills organisation for giving me this opportunity to continue my journey with them. The last 5 months have been incredible and I’m looking forward to continue learning and working even harder to develop as a football player! There’s definitely something special going on at the Bills ??? **** Lastly I want to thank @nfluk for seeing potential, supporting me and helping me develop into a football player. It’s a Beautiful game ??? *** Let’s go Bills ! #BillsMafia ???
Given the impression that he has made in such a short time, it will be fascinating to see how much progress is made with an entire year with the Bills.
Wade’s ability with the ball in hand was never questioned during his career in rugby where he finishing his stint as the Premiership’s third top try-scorer.
Playing as a running back in American football, he has already showed what he is capable of with his touchdown in his very first carry. His natural running talent could make him a serious prospect as he comes to grips with his new sport.
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