With his first touch of the ball in his first ever American football game, Christian Wade scored a 65-yard touchdown.
The former Wasps and England rugby union man’s score helped the Buffalo Bills record a 24-16 pre-season win over the Indianapolis Colts.
After the game, he said: “I don’t even know the score! First win, at home, I’m so happy right now and appreciate all the support so far. Let’s get this season started!”
Reflecting on his touchdown, the running back said: “I knew where I was going even before the ball came because they overloaded one side then 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 or anyone was coming up behind me.”
Wade, who switched sports last year, to pursue a career in the NFL, was later presented with the match ball by Bills head coach Sean McDermott and the social media team joked their Twitter handle would be a ‘Christian Wade fan account’.
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“I have greater appreciation for what he’s trying to accomplish here, and the attitude hasn’t change,” McDermott said. “I mentioned this earlier in the process with his attitude, his energy, his smile. He has great joy and I think that’s infectious. I think it affects our team, and I think it’s for the better.”
Bills quarterback Josh Allen said: “Huge congratulations to Christian Wade.
“Watching him score that touchdown was one of the coolest experiences of my football career and I wasn’t even on the field.”
The Bills’ regular season begins on 8 September against the New York Jets.