7. Marcus Trufant
The former Washington State star was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks 11th overall in 2003 and became a starter for the team instantly. He intercepted five passes in 2004 and made 86 tackles that year. He was a solid starter for the Seahawks from 2003 until 2012, when the new Pete Carroll regime moved him to the nickel corner position. In 2007, Trufant intercepted seven passes and made the Pro Bowl.
Trufant played his entire career with the Seattle Seahawks, intercepting 21 passes, defending 102 more, and making 644 tackles. He has been (and still is) a great ambassador for the game. In the offseason after the 2009 season, Trufant visited Tyler Wedel, a student at Cambridge Elementary School in Surrey, British Columbia. Wedel was one of only four Canadian winners of the NFL’s Take a Player to School Contest and Trufant was happy to make the trip north on I-5 to speak to Wedel’s classmates about his inspirations and NFL dreams.
Today, Trufant helps run the Trufant Family Foundation which supports local charities and holds events to raise money for local Tacoma causes. His brother, Desmond Trufant, a former Washington Husky, is another shut-down corner playing for former Seahawks Defensive Coordinator Dan Quinn in Atlanta.
His other brother, Isaiah Trufant, is a former NFL player, too. What did the Trufants eat as kids? How competitive were their indoor Nerf football games? Which Trufant would you choose for your pick-up basketball team? Slow pitch softball? So many good questions.
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