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Football trend is complete in the Trufant family

Trifecta is Complete

It’s official. Now that Washington Huskies‘ cornerback Desmond Trufant has finished his football career at UW, he joins his brothers, Isaiah and Marcus, to play in the NFL.

Desmond is the last Trufant brother to finish his college football career in the state of Washington.  Each of them started their football careers at Woodrow Wilson High School in Tacoma and then parted ways as they played football at different colleges.

Although their choices in college were different, they all finished with the same result by making football into their career.

Let’s look back at each brother’s journey on how they made it to the NFL.

Desmond Trufant

It’s only appropriate to begin with the most recent draftee in the NFL, and the youngest brother out of the three. Desmond was the 22nd overall draft pick in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft.  He has also left a good mark with the football program at University of Washington.

Desmond Trufant Washington Huskies

Desmond Trufant became the third Trufant brother to enter the NFL. (Photo:

Desmond, one of UW’s senior captains, closed out his last year at Washington earning 1st Team All Pac-12 honors. He is the third player from UW to earn 1st team conference honors in three years.

Second Team All-American Honors was another big award to add to the list, along with the Flaherty Award from UW. The Flaherty Award is given to the team’s most inspirational player and is based on player’s choosing.

Isaiah Trufant

The middle brother out of the bunch, Isaiah Trufant was the only one that didn’t attend a Pacific 12 (or 10 at Marcus’ time) institution. Isaiah played football at Eastern Washington University, where he earned 1st Team All Big Sky honors in 2004 and 2005.

Isaiah started his career playing in the Arena Football League after being undrafted. He made his AFL debut with the Spokane Shark, not too far from his alma mater.

Also played for the Kansas City Brigade, Arizona Rattlers and Las Vegas Locomotives before he signed with the New York Jets in 2010.

Isaiah made his NFL debut in January 2011. Shortly after his NFL debut, he was claimed off of waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles in February 2011 and later re-signed with the Jets in September 2011.

Marcus Trufant

Last but not least the oldest of the brothers, Marcus.

Marcus Trufant

Marcus was a 1st-round as well.

Marcus Trufant played his college career at Washington State University and turned on his jets (no pun intended) once he entered his first year at WSU. Marcus made a name for himself at WSU right away as he received Pac-10 All-Freshman honors in 1999.

In 2001, he was Pac-10 Honorable Mention and only got better in 2002 as he earned a spot in the First-team All Pac-10 and Second-Team All American Honors.

Marcus was also a first-round draft pick  by the Seattle Seahawks in 2003 going 11th overall.

Marcus gave the Seattle Seahawks 10 great years, including being a part of the Seahawks’ first Super Bowl (XL) in 2005.

He recently signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a free agent.

We will miss Marcus in Seattle, but he will be a Seahawk that will never be forgotten.

He’s done a lot for Seattle football, and a lot more outside of the city. Marcus is also the founder and president of the Trufant Family Foundation.

While with the Seahawks, he has held events for the charity such as auctions, galas, bowling events and scholarships for schools in his hometown at Tacoma. The foundation was established in 2003 when Marcus was drafted.

Games to watch for

Because every Trufant is going to play in the NFL now, it’s always intriguing to find out if family will eventually play against each other. I was able to discover some the games where the Trufant sibling rivalry will take place:


August 17, 2013: New York Jets (Isaiah) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (Marcus)
August 29. 2013: Jacksonville Jaguars (Marcus) vs. Atlanta Falcons (Desmond)

Regular Season:

October 7, 2013: Atlanta Falcons (Desmond) vs. New York Jets (Isaiah), 5;40PST, ESPN



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