NEW YORK – Christian Wade never dreamed he would score the first time he touched the ball in an NFL game, but that’s exactly what the former England rugby union international did.
The 28-year-old, a standout for Wasps in the English Premiership for eight seasons, ran 65 yards untouched for a touchdown on his first play on Thursday in Buffalo’s 24-16 home victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
“It was the best feeling in the world to score a touchdown,” Wade said. “It was an incredible moment for me.
“It gives me the motivation to keep going, the positive energy that I’m making strides in the right direction. I’ve got loads of work to do.”
Wade was given the game ball by his teammates, most of whom were wildly celebrating on the sideline in the fourth quarter as he broke past the blockers, cut right and accelerated past defenders and outraced everyone to the end zone.
“It was crazy,” Wade said.
“The way I was instructed in training, I learned about the reads and what to do if this happens. I knew exactly where I was going even before the ball came because they overloaded the one side and I said to myself, ‘I’m definitely going over there.’
“As soon as I got the ball I was off to the races. I was looking up at the screen to see if any of the linebackers were coming up behind me and was just trying to get to the end zone.”