English rugby star risking it all with NFL switch

(CNN)If a New Year heralds a fresh start, then for Christian Wade — who has left a prolific rugby career for a shot at the NFL — January 2019 will be more of a leap into the unknown.

“I’ve never played it,” he confesses, “just watched as a fan and admired from afar.”
American football has a long history of welcoming players from different athletic backgrounds, or of watching players leave to pursue opportunities in another sport. Few cross-code players, however, have pedigree quite like Wade.

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