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Marcus Trufant
No. 23     Seattle Seahawks
Personal information
Date of birth: December 25, 1980 (1980-12-25) (age 29)
Place of birth: Tacoma, Washington
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 197 lb (89 kg)
Career information
College: Washington State
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11
Debuted in 2003 for the Seattle Seahawks
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 14, 2009
Tackles     496
Sacks     2.0
INTs     19
Stats at

Marcus Lavon Trufant[1] (born December 25, 1980 in Tacoma, Washington) is an American football cornerback who plays for the Seattle Seahawks. He was originally drafted by the Seahawks 11th overall in the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Washington State.


Early years

Marcus first attended McCarver Elementary School and thenTruman Middle School. While attending Wilson High School in Tacoma, Marcus Trufant lettered in three varsity sports: football, basketball and track. He was the team captain for two teams as a senior. As a junior, was Offensive Player of the Year in football and Mr. Defense in basketball. As a senior, he was named All-State by the Associated Press, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Washington Prep Report. Named Washington AAAA player of the year by TNT as well as the Seattle PI and The Seattle Times All-League, All-Area and All-State teams. Lost the State AAAA championship as a senior and scored 30 TD and rushed for 1,800 yards on offense while recording 48 tackles and 8 interceptions on defense. Marcus is very good friends with teammate Lofa Tatupu.


After being recruited by then-Washington State Cougars Head Coach Mike Price, he started for all four years and was a member of the 2003 Rose Bowl team that lost to Oklahoma in his senior year. Incredibly he did not allow a single TD against him for his last two years there. As a Freshman he was a Freshman All-Pac 10 Conference selection.

Awards and honors

  • Pac-10 All-Freshman (1999)
  • Honorable mention All-Pac-10 (2001)
  • First-team All-Pac-10 (2002)
  • Second-team AP All-American (2002)

Professional career

After the 2002 Seattle Seahawks season he was selected by the Seattle Seahawks with the 11th overall pick in the NFL Draft. His impact in the NFL has been felt, as many quarterbacks avoid trying to throw in Marcus Trufant's area. Coming from Tacoma and graduating from Washington State University, Trufant is considered a hometown favorite. In 2007 Trufant played a big part in the Seahawks defense, intercepting a career high 7 passes and returning one for an 84 yard touchdown. He also deflected 15 passes and made 85 tackles, and was voted into the 2008 Pro Bowl in Hawaii. On February 21, 2008 the Seahawks placed their franchise tag on Trufant, tendering him with a one year $9.465 million deal.

On March 26, 2008 the Seahawks signed Trufant to a new six-year, $50.2 million deal with a $10 million signing bonus.[2]


Trufant's younger brother, Isaiah Trufant, is a former defensive back for the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League and a current defensive back for the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League

He has another younger brother, Desmond Trufant, who is currently starting at the cornerback position as a true freshmen for the University of Washington.[3]


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