Adam Ramanauskas debuted with the Essendon Football Club in 1999 after being selected at number 12 in the 1998 AFL Draft. Playing mainly as a defender or midfielder, Ramanauskas was an integral member of the dominant 2000 Bombers Premiership team, which lost just one game for the entire season.
Regarded as one of AFL's up-and-coming young stars, Adam Ramanauskas was runner-up in the AFL Rising Star Award in 2000, and placed third in Essendon Football Club's Crichton Medal the following year, before being diagnosed with cancer in 2003.
After surgery, Ramanauskas missed eight matches but made a quick recovery to play a handful of games again in 2003 before a recurrence of his cancer. Adam endured weeks of radiotherapy treatment, but admirably managed to come back and compete a solid 2004 season where he played in all of the Bombers' 24 games.
Ramanauskas had more misfortune in 2005 when he underwent a season-ending knee reconstruction after a Round 4 training mishap. After he had completed his recovery, Adam was set to make another comeback, however in February 2006, another recurrence of the cancer meant further invasive surgery and six months of chemotherapy treatment.
At the end of 2006, Essendon Football Club sought special consideration from the AFL to place Ramanauskas on a mature-aged rookie list for the 2007 season. In July 2007, Adam was elevated to the senior list and against all odds, played his first AFL match in two years.
Named as one of The Australian Newspapers' 'Most Inspirational People' in 2007, Adam's courage and determination both on and off the field has inspired many. Announcing his retirement in 2008, Adam Ramanauskas has since become passionately involved with the Essendon Football Club Community Affairs Department coordinating youth programs and developing a strong alliance with the Cancer Council of Victoria, and has also joined the football commentary team at 774 ABC Radio.
His autobiography, Nine Lives: Football, Cancer And Getting On With Life, was published in 2010 by Penguin.
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- Adam, on behalf of National Australia Bank I wish to thank you for your involvement and support of the 2006 NAB AFL Rising Star Medal Presentation and for your courageous and inspirational speech, which was one of the undoubted highlights of the day.
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