A former Buffalo Bills running back is returning to his home country and potentially going back to his original sport, an insider claims.
Converted rugby star Christian Wade became one of Buffalo’s most popular practice squad players in recent memory, turning in some electric performances during the preseason but never finding his way to the active roster. Though his time with the Bills has come to an end, Wade’s athletic career could continue in his native England.
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Return to Rugby for Wade
As Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News reported, Wade has aspirations to return to the rugby career that made him famous in England and led him to take part in the NFL’s International Player Pathway program.
“According to reports from England, Wade is considering a return to rugby, although he hasn’t completed abandoned his dream of playing in the NFL,” Skurski wrote. “He is no longer under contract with the Bills.”
The International Pathway Program created an exempt spot on the practice squad for Wade, which allowed him to spend three years with the team but with no chance of making the active roster. Wade may have left the Bills earlier, but the NFL expanded the program after the pandemic, giving players an extra year of practice squad exemption.
“But then obviously you’ve got the Japanese League which is like probably the most profitable right now. A lot of players are, settling over there.”@ChristianWade3 talks post NFL options. The dual star could play both rugby and football at a high level in Japan. pic.twitter.com/Vb7sSpJPU6
— Inside Sport Japan (@InsideSportJP) June 9, 2022
Wade was one of two players on the Bills from the International Pathway Program. Defensive lineman Efe Obada joined the Bills in 2021 after several stops around the NFL and a football career that began with the London Warriors. He had a strong season with the Bills, registering 3.5 sacks as part of head coach Sean McDermott’s deep defensive line rotation.
‘Long Shot’ to Return to the NFL
Skurski noted that Wade may have NFL aspirations, but it’s likely that he won’t have another chance given that he’s 31 years old and still relatively inexperienced at playing football. Still, the Buffalo News reporter noted that Wade’s …read more