Marcus Lavon Trufant (born December 25, 1980) is an American football cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks 11th overall in the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Washington State.
Marcus first attended McCarver Elementary School and then Truman 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 The News Tribune 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.
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 Sooners football in his senior year. 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)
Marcus was selected by the Seattle Seahawks with the 11th overall pick in the 2003 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.
On April 1, 2010, Marcus Trufant traveled to Cambridge Elementary School in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada as one of the students there, Tyler Wedel, was one of only four Canadian winners of the NFL Take A Player To School Contest and as a winner Wedel brought Trufant to school to talk to his fellow students about his career and inspirations to play in the NFL.
My vision in starting the Trufant Family Foundation in 2003 when I was drafted to play football with the Seattle Seahawks in the National Football League was to give back to a community where I was born and raised by directly giving financial support to my foundation and my time to foundation events. I wanted to encourage, inspire, and make a lasting impact on youth by sharing my story and success. My family also wanted to work in the foundation and host community events to raise money to support local programs for youth and develop our own programs to help underprivileged youth realize their dreams. Therefore the Trufant Family Foundation was born. I believe when we all do our part and what we can do (because we all can do something) we can help our youth succeed and make our community a better place to live in. I am so grateful to all those who have supported us over the years with their donations, time and efforts, thereby enabling the Foundation to increase its impact in the community and helping more children achieve their dreams each year. We thank you for your support and donations and ask for your continued support to help make dreams come true for youth in our community.
The Trufant Family Foundation has been making an impact in the community and inspiring youth and families since 2003.
With the support of the community and our dedicated group of volunteers we have been raising money to help make dreams come true for youth and raise awareness for local programs that support youth in need.
The Trufant Family Foundation's mission is to help make dreams come true for disadvantaged youth and their families by supporting community programs, such as; the Boys and Girls Clubs, Hearts for Kids, Sickle Cell Camp, Salvations Army and more. We focus our energies in three major areas to help improve the quality of life for youth, which include: College Scholarships, Youth Football Programs and TruFitness Programs for Children and Adults.
My vision is to continue to grow as a person and live a healthy lifestyle and to continue our philanthropic work in the community. I also want to share our families story in the Tacoma and Seattle Community and beyond through speaking engagements and by writing a children storybook with hopes to inspire youth and there family to dream big.