Northwest Athlete Profile: Marcus Trufant

NFL Football: Marcus Trufant

Born December 25th 1980 in Tacoma, Washington

Seattle CB Marcus Trufant is the longest tenured player on the Seahawks roster and has been the leader of their secondary for the last several seasons.

The former Washington State player has a rough time in the last few seasons, as he missed half of the 2009 season with a back injury and was placed on IR on October 17th this season and is out for the year with the same back problem.

Trufant was a football, basketball, and track star at Wilson High School in Tacoma and as a junior was Offensive Player of the Year in football and Mr. Defense in basketball.

He decided to stay close to home attending WSU and being a starter all 4 seasons. He did not allow 1 TD against him for his last 2 years in Pullman and as a freshman he was a Freshman All-Pac 10 Conference selection and a 2002 2nd team AP All-American.

Marcus Trufant

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Trufant was the 11th pick of the 2003 draft by the Seattle Seahawks and the hometown favorite had his best season in 2007 when he had 7 INT, one returned 81 yards for a TD, made 85 tackles, deflected 15 passes, and was named to the Pro Bowl.

It was shown how valuable he was to the Seahawks, as in 2008 the team slapped their franchise tag on him.

Before the season in 2008 he was resigned to a new 6-year, $50.2 million deal with a $10 million signing bonus.

He has started 123 of 124 career games in Seattle.

Trufant comes from an athletic family, as his younger brother Isaiah Trufant plays for the New York Jets and his other younger brother is the starting CB for the Washington Huskies.

The Seahawks’ pass defense has struggled without Trufant in the lineup ranking 20th in the league giving up an average of 250 passing yards per game.

Trufant was named to Pro Football Weekly’s All Rookie Team in 2003, was an All Pro and Pro Bowl selection in 2007, and is on the Seattle Seahawks 35th Anniversary Team.

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