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Surrounded by family and friends, a thankful Trufant retires

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on April 24, 2014 at 4:47 pm with 24 Comments »
April 24, 2014 5:03 pm
Marcus Trufant accepted a one-day contract with the Seattle Seahawks football team so that he could promptly retire from the NFL as a Seahawk, April 24, 2014.
Marcus Trufant spent a final day as a Seahawks on Thursday when he announced his retirement. / Peter Haley/The News Tribune

Click here for a photo gallery of Marcus Trufant over the years.

RENTON — Seattle Seahawks headquarters went through a Tacoma takeover Thursday morning when Marcus Trufant announced his retirement.

Most of the family and friends who filled the auditorium were covered in “Team Tru” T-shirts. Trufant sat on stage with his wife, Jessica, parents, brothers and agent. His four little girls helped fill the front row.

Trufant sat in the center. Trying to keep up with his father, Lloyd, in the style department, his beard was trim, his bow tie pronounced. His words were filled with thanks.

What Seattle head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider a year ago told Trufant he could do became a realization: He was retiring as a Seahawk after signing a one-day contract.

“Everything seems like it has just happened to fall into place,” Trufant said.

After 10 seasons with Seattle, four in Pullman with Washington State and a series of athletic endeavors at Tacoma’s Wilson High School, Trufant is hanging it up. Sort of.

“Retirement” intimates he doesn’t have much left to do. That’s not the case for the 33-year-old Trufant.

First, he’ll continue to ferry his girls to ballet, cheerleading practice, tap class and wherever else they need to go. He has been out of the NFL for a year, shifting him into full-time dad duty. That time away from the game also made him realize the weight of home duties.

“I would take two-a-days any day …” Trufant said with a laugh.

While Trufant explained the announcement of “CUT” meant “cleanup time” in the house when he was young, and that there were weeds to pull and work to do, his mother, Constance nodded knowingly.

There was little talk about football. Though he was at the headquarters of the NFL team that drafted him 11th overall in 2003, Trufant did not spend his time announcing in-game accomplishments. He didn’t tout how he and his brothers, Desmond and Isaiah, all made it to the NFL.

Instead, he stayed on a theme of appreciation, likely explaining why everyone from youth coaches to current Seahawks Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Carroll showed up.

Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas was there, as was former Seahawk Roy Lewis. Current Seahawks Jermaine Kearse and soon to be Hall-of-Fame Seahawk Walter Jones were also in attendance. High school friends, former coaches, folks associated with the Trufant Family Foundation. A “Go Cougs!” was hurled from the back, which Trufant paused to encourage and repeat. His brother and former University of Washington star, Desmond, took the cheer in stride.

Trufant read from notes he typed into his phone Wednesday night. Part of what he wrote about his NFL career was, “blah, blah, blah.” It was more dynamic than that.

On draft day in 2003, he sat in a hotel room away from a viewing party at Jillian’s in Tacoma. He was too nervous to be with the group. Watching the television with a half-packed bag — Trufant figured he would be airborne on the way to a press conference after being selected — his phone rang. It was Seattle head coach Mike Holmgren. He asked if Trufant if he was ready to be a Seattle Seahawk.

“I didn’t really know what to say, so I just said, ‘Yes,’” Trufant said.

Trufant recalls little from the opening press conference, which was a 45-minute drive away as opposed to a flight, beyond one distinct thing: His father’s gold suit and matching gold hat.

“He called it the Golden Opportunity Suit,” Trufant said.

Per usual, Lloyd’s attire was on point. That selection enabled Trufant to spend his entire sporting life in the state of Washington. Self-proclaimed as “not a big traveler,” going from Tacoma to Pullman to Seattle allowed him to build the homespun relationships that he was touting the day of his retirement.

Several bumps and bruises came with Trufant’s 638 tackles for the Seahawks. His body wasn’t responding the way it once did, and, when he was released at the end of training camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars last year, the end of football was clear.

“I think my body was giving out on me a little bit,” Trufant said. “So it was just one of those things man. I’m staying in shape now, but to try to tackle 230-pound running backs day in and day out, I just think it’s my time to go. I can’t even see myself doing that now, I haven’t did it in a year and it feels like I never did it, but it was just time man. I had a nice run, and I have no complaints.”

Carroll stood in the back of the auditorium Thursday. Trufant’s day was in part orchestrated by him. When the Seahawks didn’t bring back Trufant after the 2012 season, he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Carroll and Schneider told when he joined Jacksonville there would be an opportunity to retire this way, should he want to.

“I’ll always be a Seahawk,” Trufant said. “That’s how it’s going to be.”

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  1. Glad he was always a Seahawk. Showed class all throughout his career and so did the organization when it came time to part ways.

  2. Hammajamma says:

    And sporting WSU colors to boot. Nice touch from a great Coug and a classy guy.

  3. Dukeshire says:

    Can we get an update on the ongoing offseason program? Or, god forbid, it’s own post?

  4. doubledink says:

    Just a really great guy. Very happy for him and his family.

  5. Todd Dybas says:

    Dukeshire,

    I addressed this last night when you commented on it. Here’s what I wrote then, which still holds today:

    Only team employees — writers or otherwise — are allowed into the offseason workouts. Reporters are not. As repeatedly noted here, workouts began April 21.

    Thanks.

    Todd

  6. The Trufant injury opened the way for Thurmond whose injury a few weeks later paved the way for Sherman to start during his rookie season and the rest, they say, is history.

  7. doubledink says:

    Todd already said that no one is allowed in. They don’t know any more about it than the guy on the street.

  8. doubledink says:

    oops, too slow.

  9. HawkfaninMT says:

    I’m like Dule and would like more “insider” information… But as has been stated, there’s no outside presence allowed at these workouts.

    But in the past we have had projections by the insider… Chats with Rob Rang… Interviews/chats with current players and their prep for next season.

    I would like more than links and retweets… But I also appreciate this site is free! Take what you get in those cases I suppose!

  10. Marcus has always been a class act, and I’m glad he got to retire a Seahawk. Just wish he was along for the SB ride, but Hawks couldn’t risk losing one of our talented youngsters. Lower back problems are the death of db’s.

  11. HawkfaninMT says:

    Dule=Duke

  12. Dukeshire says:

    Todd Dybas – That’s interesting because nearly every year that I can remember, going back, reporters have been able to determine / note / report, who was participating in the workouts. How they got that information I can only imagine, was not a matter of waiting on a generic team report, but rather participation (quite actively) on their part.

    And I’m well aware when the workouts began.

    doubledink – You’ve been around long enough to know better than that. There has been info presented here on the workouts going back years.

  13. MoSeahawk12 says:

    And some news about a guy that carries himself the direct opposite way of Trufant.
    I guess they felt he already had enough felonies to deal with and spared him one more.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/49ers/2014/04/24/aldon-smith-lax-bomb/8107753/

  14. MoSeahawk12 says:

    So Peter says our schedule could have been way worse. Hard to believe that only four guys are in charge of the entire schedule. All Bronco fans no less. (I’m guessing that last part, but somethings smells fishy.)
    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/video/mmqb/20140424/the-mmqb-nfl-schedule-release-2014-seattle-seahawks.sportsillustrated/

  15. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I would rather read a Trufant retirement article by Todd over a live chat with Rang any day.

    Eric may have had a few more insider connections that Todd just doesn’t have.
    If so how can we fault Todd for something he may not have much control over?

  16. Georgia – What happened to you for a few months? I thought your liver gave out or something bad like that had to have happened for you to be MIA for that long.

  17. Todd, Any chance you can dig up some details or live reports on RW’s divorce? I would start with his mom. Thanks in advance!

  18. Ray_Maines says:

    So, Todd doesn’t have control…

    I”m thinking, like, you know…

    Get some control, ‘K?

  19. Dukeshire says:

    Georgia – First off, I second Bobby’s sentiment: been a while and good to see a regular back.

    And you’ve hit on exactly what I’m talking about: more of this. We all can get generic tweeted Seahawk information anywhere. But we’re here, ostensibly, because there is the ability to get first hand accounts and information that isn’t available elsewhere. But that has been all but lost since Eric departed. Understanding that Eric had the same dilemma regarding establishing himself as Todd does. As did Sando when he replaced Clayton. I get that it takes time, for sure. But quite frankly, I’m not feeling like there is any longer a priority from TNT to make this blog one of the best in the country (specific topic related). It now has the same feel now as did the Frank Hughes experiment did.

    In no way am I trying to be disrespectful or dismissive toward/of Todd (and if I have been, I sincerely apologize), but I am thoroughly disappointed in the content provided, overall. Broad brush of course, but if just doesn’t feel like he’s providing much more than the minimum he can.

    Regardless, I just want this blog to grow and flourish, if for selfish reasons.

  20. Dukeshire says:

    “It now has the same feel now as did the Frank Hughes experiment did.” Sorry for all the “did”s.

  21. Todd Dybas says:

    Dukeshire,

    I checked with three other beat writers (including Eric) who have handled this portion of the season here before, since I have not (I also began writing this before your latest post). All said there was not prior access or reporting on this first phase of voluntary workouts since the CBA changed in 2011, if not longer. Usually this time period was slammed up against the draft, so there was not access or reporting then, as there is not now, if the team does not allow access.

    Eric pointed out that Marshawn Lynch was not around for the first week of voluntary OTAs last year (which isn’t until May 27 this year and was reported in early May last year, so, perhaps that is what you are thinking of?). All the reporting came from that phase, phase 2, of the offseason workouts. With the draft being pushed back, the calendar has shifted dramatically this year.

    Today, I was at the VMAC, obviously, for Marcus Trufant’s press conference. Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor were there. So, we know those guys are at the workouts (at least today), along with Percy Harvin and Doug Baldwin (whom we have seen in photographs). I asked to talk to several players, and was provided access to one. That will be on the blog tomorrow.

    Beyond that, there’s no way for me to confirm who is or is not there, and participating, without seeing them. Several teams around the NFL have allowed early access to players at these workouts. The Seahawks have not. We meet with John Schneider next week, so we’ll see what we can get out of him then, however that discussion will be draft focused. We still won’t be allowed into the workouts in any fashion.

    Specific to the blog, the traffic is up year-over-year and month-over-month. Certainly, a significant part of the reason for that is the team’s success. Though, we knew it was going to be hard this season to increase our numbers after such a significant jump the prior year. That’s when the bandwagon filled up, as longtime readers such as yourself likely noticed.

    The kind of content you would like to see on here is the same as me. I’ll report everything I can that is out there, and relevant, as I have been. I’ll keep pushing for more information, as I have been. We’ve had a few exclusive things, which is a positive since I started after the season had begun, putting me in a massive hole. Though, it’s not enough to me, that’s for sure. We need more.

    I asked Sando late in the season for advice about how to best run this. He said it took him two years to make headway. I know this is important to you, and to so many others here. The only reason I’m explaining much of this in this one instance is because of that, and that it’s also important to me.

    Lastly, when someone works just about every day, it’s difficult to view being accused of doing the minimum as anything but dismissive or disrespectful.

    If I didn’t care — or was doing the minimum — I wouldn’t look into your concerns as I did today and have in the past. And, I surely would take a full day off.

    If you, or anyone else, wants to talk to me specifically about this in the future, you can always email me at Todd.Dybas@thenewstribune.com. As some folks on here will tell you, I respond promptly. I’ll continue to read and consider everyone’s concerns, though I won’t address this overall view again in the comments section.

    Thanks.

    Todd

  22. Dukeshire says:

    Fair enough. I’m out of town until Monday but I’ll certainly reach out to you Tuesday with more pointed and specific thoughts. And to be clear, I’m not trolling nor do I intend any to dismiss your work ethic, but we can discuss further.

    Thank you and cheers.

  23. ohiohawkfan says:

    Hey, we just won a Super Bowl! Everyone just come the @#$% down and relax. All is good. It is a slow time in the NFL right now and the CBA has handcuffed some access that used to be allowed.

    With players on Facebook and Twitter, some information is gets out there directly from the player. No way Todd or any other reporter can beat that.

  24. Dukeshire says:

    Welcome to the blog, Ohio. But that’s not at issue.

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