Renton, Wash. - Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Trufant announced today his retirement from the National Football League.
Trufant was the 11th overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks and became an immediate starter. He played in 136 games with 125 starts for Seattle from 2003 to 2012 and also started nine of a franchise-high 11 postseason games played in his career with the Seahawks.
In his 10 seasons with Seattle, Trufant collected 638 tackles (557 solo) to rank 10th all-time in Seahawks history. His 21 interceptions rank fifth all-time in team history. He returned two interceptions for touchdowns and also recorded 113 passes defensed, 2.0 sacks, five forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries.
Trufant was named to the Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie Team in 2003, recording 78 tackles (69 solo), two interceptions and a team-high 20 passes defensed while starting all 16 games.
In 2004, he became only the fourth cornerback in NFL history to lead their team in tackles when he recorded a career-high 93 (83 solo). He also tied his career-high with 20 passes defensed (2003).
Trufant was instrumental in helping Seattle to the first Conference Championship in franchise history in 2005, beating the Carolina Panthers at home on January 22, 2006, to advance to Super Bowl XL in Detroit.
Voted to the Pro Bowl after the 2007 season, Trufant tallied a career-high seven interceptions (2nd NFC, T3rd NFL), 85 tackles and 16 passes defensed, including tying the franchise-mark with three interceptions in one game (vs. Arizona, 12/9/07) and returning one 84 yards for his first-career score.
Trufant is one of three players in team history to have an interception return for a touchdown in the postseason. His 78-yard return versus Washington (1/5/08) in the 2007 NFC Wild Card Game set franchise records for most interception yards gained in a postseason game, postseason career, and longest interception return in Seahawks postseason history.
Trufant attended Wilson High School in Tacoma, Washington, earning varsity letters in football, basketball and track. He served as a team captain for all three sports as a senior. As a senior in football, Trufant earned All-State first-team honors by Associated Press, the Seattle PI, and Washington Prep Report and helped his team to the 4A state title, scoring 30 touchdowns and rushing for more than 1,800 yards, in addition to recording 48 tackles and eight interceptions on defense.
He went on to play at Washington State University, becoming a starter early in his freshman season and finished his college career with 201 tackles (153 solo), 11 interceptions, and 49 passes defensed in 49 games played. He was selected an All-American second-team pick by the Associated Press and first-team All-Pac-10 as a senior, also serving as team captain. He did not allow a touchdown reception in his last two seasons. He majored in communications and is married to wife Jessica and they have two daughters, Karmyn and Kimora.
Trufant has been a fixture in the Seattle and Tacoma communities since he was drafted in 2003, when he started the Trufant Family Foundation to inspire youth and provide support to allow them to achieve their dreams. 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, Communities In Schools, Hearts for Kids, Sickle Cell Camp, Salvation Army and more. The foundation focuses its energy in three major areas to help improve the quality of life for youth, which include: college scholarships, youth camp and experience programs and children's and adult health programs.
Marcus is one of three Trufant brothers to play in the National Football League. Isaiah Trufant is currently a defensive back for the Cleveland Browns after spending 2010-2013 with the New York Jets. He played college football at Eastern Washington University. Desmond Trufant plays cornerback for the Atlanta Falcons after being drafted 22nd overall in the 2013 NFL Draft out of the University of Washington.