Wade knows he has a ‘mountain to climb’ to fulfil NFL dream

‘A huge mountain to climb’: Christian Wade expecting difficult journey after quitting Wasps to pursue NFL dream

  • Wasps wing Christian Wade shocked Wasps by quitting to try and make it in the NFL
  • The former England international announced the decision earlier this week
  • He knows that carving out a successful career in the sport will not be easy 
  • Wade was at Wembley on Sunday for the Philadelphia v Jacksonville game

Former England wing Christian Wade has admitted he has ‘a huge mountain to climb’ following his decision to quit rugby and pursue a career in the NFL.

The 27-year-old announced his surprise departure from Wasps earlier this month and will now join the NFL’s Player Pathway program, through which he hopes to emulate the likes of Australian former rugby league player Jordan Mailata who is in London this weekend as a Philadelphia Eagles player.

Former Worcester lock Christian Scotland-Williamson quit the sport last year to follow the same path and he is currently on the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad.

Christian Wade says he has a 'huge mountain' to climb after quitting rugby for an NFL career

Christian Wade says he has a ‘huge mountain’ to climb after quitting rugby for an NFL career

‘It’s been a very difficult decision for me, giving up my career in rugby,’ Wade, who was at Wembley for the game between the Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, said on Sky Sports.

‘Wasps have been so incredible to me, they’ve looked after me from the age of 16 all the way up to now and the fans have been great, the RFU have been great as well.

‘But I’ve now got the opportunity to go into the Player Pathway program like you’ve seen some of the other guys do.

Wade was released from his Wasps contract with immediate effect
Christian Wade was at Wembley today for the NFL game between Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars

The winger announced his decision earlier this week and was at Wembley for the NFL today

‘It’s something that I don’t take lightly. I’m going to be starting my training regime literally next week and it’s a huge mountain to climb.

‘There’s so much to learn in such a small space of time but for me I’ve always been someone who’s always given it 100 per cent and my aim is to give it the best I can and hopefully I can try and compete with these guys in the NFL.

‘There’s some phenomenal athletes but I believe in my skills and hopefully I’m good enough.’


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