Cornerback Marcus Trufant #23 of the Seattle Seahawks during warmups against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on October 19, 2008 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
In an auditorium packed with friends and family, Trufant brought his career to a close. Outside of a stint in training camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars last fall, Trufant spent his entire career in a Seattle uniform.
"I’m excited. I’m not sad right now, this is a happy time," Trufant said. "Of course I’m going to miss the game, but it’s just a chapter that is closing. I’ve got a lot more to do, a lot more to give, and I’m just excited to get started on that. This is just one chapter, so I’m excited to see where I end up next."
Trufant grew up in nearby Tacoma, Wash. and attended Washington State University. He was selected by the Seahawks with the 11th overall pick of the 2003 NFL Draft and played the next 10 seasons with the Seahawks. Trufant was selected to the Pro Bowl and was named a first-team All-Pro in 2007. He racked up 85 tackles and seven interceptions that season for Seattle in his best season as a professional.
The Seahawks made the playoffs in seven of Trufant’s 10 seasons on the roster and won the NFC West five times with an appearance in Super Bowl XL in 2005.
“It was just time," Trufant said. "Everything has an expiration date on it, and I think my body was giving out on me a little bit. I’m staying in shape now, but to try to tackle a 230-pound running back day-in and day-out, I can’t see myself doing that now.. It was just time now. Just to be home with my family, all my girls are getting bigger, so it’s just good to be home. I had a nice run, I have no complaints."
His 21 interceptions rank fifth all-time in team history.
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.
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.