I am Desmond Trufant and I am the youngest of three boys. I want to thank God for my family and all the people in my corner that helped me reach my dream of playing in the NFL. I grew up in Tacoma WA. I love my city and will never forget where I came from. In my off time I love too listen to music, play basketball, spend time with family and friends and play video games. I always want to be involved in my community because this same community helped me get to where I am now. I am involved with the work we do for the Trufant Family Foundation because I am willing to help in anyway I can to help the youth reach there goals an be successful.
Started all 16 games as a rookie and earned All-Rookie honors from the PFWA after notching 74 tackles (12 solo) with a club rookie record 17 passes defensed and two interceptions. Finished the year tied for 10th in the NFL and tied for second among all rookie cornerbacks in passes defensed. According to Stats LLC., his 17 passes defensed in 2013 were the most by a Falcons rookie in a single season, surpassing Darnell Walker, who broke up 13 passes in 1993. Named Defensive Rookie of the Year by Pro Football Focus. According to Stats LLC., allowed just 48.3 of passes thrown his way to be completed (42 of 87).
Among players with at least 87 defensive targets, his 48.3 completion percentage was tied for the eighth-best in the NFL and he was one of nine players to allow less than 50 percent of passes to be completed. Recorded his first career interception against Panthers (11/3) picking off QB Cam Newton. Finished the game with seven tackles (six solo), one interception and one pass defensed. Recorded his second career interception,
picking off QB Kirk Cousins to cap off a seven takeaways game against Washington (12/15). Finished the game with seven tackles (four solo), one interception, and two passes defensed.
Desmond was looking to become the third Trufant brother to play professional football. Marcus had been a regular starter for the Seattle Seahawks since they picked him in the first round out of Washington State in 2003. Isaiah starred at Eastern Washington before playing in the Arena Football League and becoming the UFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 before finally getting his shot to play with the Jets.
Trufant seems to be on the right path to join his brothers in the NFL. Starting 45 straight games at the University of Washington before missing a game against Colorado in 2012. Trufant was named honorable mention All-Pac 12 by league coaches in 2009, intercepting two passes (one that sealed the team’s win against Arizona) and breaking up six others. His numbers dropped in 2010 (one interception, four pass breakups) before picking up again in another honorable mention all-conference season as a junior (two interceptions, 14 pass breakups). His pick in the end zone in the season opener against Isaiah’s FCS alma mater prevented a disastrous home loss for the Huskies. As a senior, Trufant grabbed one pick, broke up 8 passes, forced a fumble, and blocked a kick. His play earned him 2012 All-Pac-12 first team honors.