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A love letter to Christian Wade

Christian Wade’s decision to pursue the NFL was one that coaches and the media in rugby was met with question and confusion. He will prove them wrong.

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Christian Wade run against the Panthers

There were reports out of camp that Christian Wade was taking reps as a returner and was doing okay.

I got excited.

All you need to do is watch some of his rugby highlights and you can see why this role seems made for him. It looked as though he was finally going to be making the roster.

And then Isaiah McKenzie stepped in.

Now, I love McKenzie. His play on the field and his personality off the field make for an interesting character.

However, Christian Wade will forever have my heart. I followed his journey here in the UK. I watched how effortless he made rugby look. Saw his comeback after injury. I witnessed him make history.

I also saw how his talent was overlooked far too often by England coaches. It was a damn shame he was never given a real chance.

Wade’s decision to leave rugby and pursue a career in the NFL, at the time, seemed reckless. Understandable, but reckless all the same. Fans and media alike were not at all happy with the decision. I was in the same boat.

Everyone remembers that 65-yard TD. However, what changed my opinion of Wade’s decision was that 48-yard run against the Panthers. He showed his talent was still there; it was just being used in a different sport. A far better sport, in my opinion.

Wade deserves a chance, it’s just unfortunate that it’s becoming less likely that this chance will come from the Bills.

I will continue to hold out hope, but I’m confident if he doesn’t make this roster, any other NFL team will be lucky to have him.

And he’ll prove those England coaches wrong.

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