Christian Wade has made an emphatic start to his NFL career with an audacious 59-metre touchdown.
The NFL’s official Twitter account posted the match highlight, which shows Wade doubtlessly winning over countless fans with his first touch of the football.
The reaction to Christian Wade’s stunning solo touchdown against Indianapolis Colts was overwhelmingly positive. In the fourth quarter of the game, Wade managed to run 50 metres of the pitch completely unchallenged. Wade’s uncertainty about where to go once he scored the touchdown spoke volumes about how new the former Wasps man is to the American game.
The video of his touchdown has already amassed 1.1 million views on Buffalo Bills‘ Twitter account.
The former England international showed off his trademark pace, receiving the ball on his own 30-yard line then skipping through the defence to net his team the 6-pointer.
The commentators were in raptures with Christian Wade’s score – but perhaps not as much as the Buffalo fans.
“They are going crazy for their friend from England,” said one commentator.
Since the game, Wade has enjoyed a flurry of positive exposure from American sports media. The Buffalo Bills’ Twitter account even named itself a “Christian Wade fan account until further notice”.
This a Christian Wade fan account until further notice.
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) August 9, 2019
Many fans were keen to comment on how bizarre the situation was. With some comparing it to an NFL star in the English domestic football league scoring an overheard goal on their first appearance. Wade appeared to be very smooth in the moments where he was involved for the American outfit.
It’s like Odel Beckham scoring an overhead kick on his first touch for Burnley (in a preseason friendly).
— Stu Bennett (@StuBennett) August 9, 2019
Others were keen to make witty remarks about the 28-year-old’s change in sports. It’s clear to see that Wade will continue to be labelled as a rugby man for months to come.
He didn’t even….try…
— Bobby Boswell (@bobbyboswell) August 9, 2019
Bills fans were clearly very happy to hear that Wade was impressing for their team. Even if it was a pre-season game.
I’m a biased Bills fan, but what a cool story. The Bills sign British rugby star Christian Wade and he runs for a 65 yard touchdown on his first ever touch. Is it the preseason? Yes. But it’s what makes #SportsGreat #HappyFriday https://t.co/SfoMF2z1pd
— David Kaplan (@DKaplanWTAE) August 9, 2019
“This NFL is easy…”
— J. (@socalsabresfan) August 9, 2019
Some fans even rated Wade above other Bills regulars, down to his powerful running which earned him a name in rugby.
Wade above Perry and Murphy imo because when he took off on the run everyone noticed his speed, he’s also a tough runner because of rugby. Yeldon definitely had the worst night of them all. Murphy and Perry were solid. It’s just power rankings they can change drastically.
— Buffalo Sports Talk (@BUFSportsTalk) August 9, 2019
Wade still has a very long way to go in the American game. But moments like this will raise his stock in the sport tenfold.
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