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Senior Profile: Ramirez likes speed on and off field
The first time Adolfo Ramirez stepped on a football field was his freshman year at Pierce High.
It didn't take long for him to grab the attention of his coaches, and by his senior year, he was a featured back in the Bears' ground-and-pound running game.
"That's how good of an athlete he is," Pierce coach Scott Burnum said. "My wife had him in P.E. and said he's one of the better volleyball players she's seen."
Ramirez rushed for a team-high 953 yards and scored nine touchdowns during his senior campaign and was second on the team with 77 tackles.
When he began playing football as a freshman, he knew very little about the sport; by halfway through his first year, he was hooked on running the ball.
Now, he can't get enough.
"I feel like after football, it's weird not playing anymore. I already miss it right now," Ramirez said. "It's fun because you get to get pretty close to all your teammates. It's like a family thing."
As he immersed himself in the game, he began following the NFL and latched onto the Seattle Seahawks as his favorite team.
"I was in Seattle this whole break, so I've been supporting them. My dad's side of the family — it's a big family — lives in Seattle," Ramirez said.
He was able to celebrate the end of his last football season by watching his favorite team win the Super Bowl on Sunday.
Born in Mexico, Ramirez grew up playing soccer and moved to Millers Landing when he was 7 years old, where he lives on the ranch where his father works.
He continued to play soccer all the way through to high school and is the Bears' leading scorer from his forward spot.
Ramirez is a team captain and one of five seniors on a young team filled with freshmen and sophomores. The Bears are 4-6 overall and 1-4 in league, but Ramirez expects the strong freshman class to help the program improve down the road.
"I want to thank all the people that would come and support me and support the team," Ramirez said. "It's a big part, for them to come and support us. That's what helped us, the whole team, want to push it even harder."
After high school, Ramirez plans on attending a technical school to become a mechanic.
"I like working on engines and cars," Ramirez said. "I have an Eclipse Spyder. I like messing around with it and making it faster."
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