Majak Daw was only 13 when he first took up a football, less than two years after fleeing from the unimaginable horror of the Sudanese civil war in 2003.
Five years later he became the first Sudanese AFL player when he was selected as ninth overall by North Melbourne in the 2010 draft.
This amazing feat should have made him great, but the next eight years had to contend with battle and scandals.
Majak Daw became the first Sudanese AFL player when he was summoned by North Melbourne in 2010, seven years after arriving in Australia with his family who fled the second Sudanese civil war (pictured with his brothers and sisters after being summoned)
This amazing feat should have made him big, but the next eight years he had to contend with battle and scandals until he finally had a breakout season in 2018 (photo)
Just as he finally seemed to find his way into the competition, he fell 25 meters from a bridge in Melbourne Monday evening and broke his hip.
Daw, 27, played only a handful of games every season as he struggled to impress despite his impressive 194 cm.
He frustrated coaches and fans who knew he had talent, but it was an eternal teasing that never put it on the field.
He was also suspended by the club in 2012 because he lied to coaches about a night in the city while recovering from knee surgery.
Then in July 2014 he was accused of three counts of rape as a result of an alleged incident seven years earlier.
But on Monday, the defender of North Melbourne fell from the 25-meter-high Bolte Bridge (photo) in Docklands, near where his team plays most of his home games
Daw, 27, played only a handful of games every season as he struggled to impress despite his impressive 194 cm
He reportedly raped a 15-year-old girl when he was 16 and went to high school with a second woman who made similar claims.
The case went to court while he was allowed to continue playing football and he was acquitted of all costs in December 2015.
North Melbourne dumped him two months before his acquittal, but picked him up again the following year.
In 2017, it was not much better when Coach Brad Scott was calling against Daw during a match from the row of coaches.
By 2018, the club was ready to limit its losses and move on, but decided to take Daw to the defense in a last attempt to save his career.
Daw introduced himself with some of his family in 2016, when he was again signed by North Melbourne after being dropped the year before.
The move worked perfectly. He played 17 games and placed his place in the team and as one of the best key protectors of the league.
Daw averaged 5.3 points for a game, many of which were spectacular attempts, as one of AFL's best interception players was on North's second line of defense.
After the season was over, he had an operation to repair a broken foot, but he was expected to come back by January 14 in preparation for the 2019 season.
As a groundbreaking athlete, he became a key figure in the African community of Melbourne and was named AFL Ambassador.
Last week he pleaded for troubled youth, especially in the African community of Melbourne, to resist group pressure.
& # 39; The group pressure is enormous. For a young person to walk away from all their friends … it's hard to do, "he told the Herald Sun.
In July 2014, he was accused of three counts of rape as a result of an alleged incident seven years earlier
The case ran to court while he was allowed to continue playing football and in December 2015 he was acquitted of all charges (outside the court)
He said that instead they would have to make better friends who want the best for you & # 39; and to find passions that help them to "block out all the noise."
& # 39; You will build resilience and you will not give in to some temptations that the youth succumbs to, & # 39; he said.
Sunday evening he was seen with a friend in the bar on the roof of The Albion in Melbourne, smiling as he posed with fans.
But only a day later, emergency services pulled him out of the Yarra River after he had fallen off the Bolte Bridge in Docklands – near the home front of North.
An ambulance rushed him to the Royal Melbourne Hospital at 11 am Monday with a broken hip, but his injuries would not be life-threatening.
The 27-year-old (pictured last month on Derby Day) broke his hip in the autumn and was rushed to the hospital after he was fished out of the river at 3 o'clock on Monday morning.
Daw (far right) the day before he fell from a bridge in the Yarra River with a friend in a bar on the roof of Melbourne.
Daw averaged 5.3 marks in a game in 2018, many of which were spectacular attempts, as one of AFL's best interception players was on North's second line of defense.
What happened on the bridge and why is research being done, but a witness said they saw a man stopping his car on the bridge, getting out and then running from there into the river.
The $ 75 million Bolte Bridge, built in 1999, is strictly a vehicle bridge without a pedestrian path and a notorious suicide site.
Barriers were introduced last year after many people climbed over the railings and jumped into the river.
Carlton co-captain Sam Docherty led a choir of AFL players, fans and broadcasters in expressing a shock and wished Daw a quick recovery.
Thoughts and prayers are with your Majak Daw, hoping for good news & # 39 ;, he wrote on Twitter.
Daw was operated after the season to repair a broken foot, but was again expected training on January 14th.
The $ 75 million Bolte Bridge, built in 1999, is strictly a car bridge without a pedestrian path and a notorious suicide site
Ross Payne, who manages the North Talk podcast, simply wrote: & # 39; Love you man & # 39 ;.
AFLW writer Tash Gunawardana wrote: "Majak Daw, your fans are all here with you !! We are all heartbroken about this sad news this morning & # 39 ;.
North Melbourne said it fully supports Daw and his family and would give a further update when it was in a position to do so.
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