Marcus Trufant held his seventh annual Trufant Family Foundation celebration on Saturday at the place where his football career started, Al Davies Boys and Girls Club in Tacoma.
About 20 of his fellow players showed up to sign autographs and spend time with fans and members of the Boys and Girls Club for the afternoon
You can read my story from Saturday’s event here. Trufant said the day is important to spend time with family and friends, but also acknowledge the work his foundation does to serve others throughout the year.
“I’m home grown,” Trufant said. “I get to play for my hometown. It doesn’t really work out like that all the time. So I’m kind of a special guy in a special situation. So I feel like I’ve been blessed, and I’m just able to give back.
“It just feels good to be around people you love, and people who love you.”
Trufant also talked about his struggles on the football field last season. He is coming off perhaps his worst season as a pro. Trufant missed the first six weeks of 2009 with a disk issue in his back, starting the season on the physically unable to perform list.
When Trufant made it back to the field, he did not appear to have the full acceleration and explosiveness that allowed him to keep up with the fastest receivers in the league, and it showed in his play.
Even though he played in only 10 games, Trufant led the league with nine defensive penalties. And he also led the league in pass interference penalties with seven.
In one game toward the end of the season at Houston, Trufant struggled to keep up with one of the top receivers in the league in Andre Johnson, who finished with a season-high 11 catches for 193 yards and two touchdowns against Seattle.
To his credit, Trufant did not use the nagging injury as an excuse for poor play. And after an offseason spent diligently working his way back into top shape, Trufant said he’s 100 percent healthy, and that he plans on using last year’s struggles as motivation.
“I feel like I’ve got a lot to prove,” Trufant said. “And I want to come out, and I want to do better for my team. I felt like I not only let myself down, but I let my team down by coming back and not playing at the level that I know I can play at. So I’m just here to do the best for my team, and to help the team out as best as possible.”
Listen to part of the interview with Trufant here.
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