What are the odds of three brothers playing in the National Football League at the same time?
Tacoma’s first football family has already sent Marcus Trufant to the Seattle Seahawks. Brother number two, Isaiah paid his dues in the Arena League before landing a spot on the New York Jets roster.
Now it’s youngest brother Desmond’s time. He spoke of the Trufant possibilities during this weekend’s NFL combine media session.
“When’s the last time three brothers played in the NFL at the same time? It’s definitely a milestone. It’s big for our family, and our city,” said Desmond Trufant. “I’m just going to continue to go, continue to go.”
I had the good fortune of helping the Trufant Family Foundation with its bowling and billiards fundraising event a few years ago. Constance and Lloyd have raised outstanding young men. They’re all hard workers and won’t forget the people and places which shaped them into talented football players.
Desmond was a ball boy when Marcus starred at Wilson High school. He drove to Pullman and Cheney with his parents nearly every weekend to watch the older brothers play college ball. They returned the support last month in Alabama when Desmond put on a solid showing at the Senior Bowl.
“Isaiah took the long row to the NFL. He’s a very resilient person,” Desmond shared. “It just shows you should never give up on your dreams. People might say you’re not big enough, or can’t do this. He just kept working. I’m taking that into my game, I’m very resilient.
Desmond can’t hide his sentiments for this NFL combine and the April draft. ” I’ve been waiting for this opportunity my whole life. All the workouts and games, it’s all coming down to this moment, so I’m very excited.”
The youngest Trufant is considered one of the best pure cover-corners in this draft class. He’s been working hard on his sprint speed and hopes to show the scouts a fast time Tuesday at Indianapolis.
CBSsports.com draft analyst Rob Rang says Desmond Trufant is physical and fights for the football when it’s in the air, showing an excellent competitive nature. Rang says one of Trufant’s weaknesses is the lack of elite top-end speed and sometimes he can be beaten vertically.
Rang still has the Indianapolis Colts selecting the youngest Trufant at number 24 in the first round of the draft. Dane Brugler with CBSsports.com likes Desmond going to the New England Patriots at 29th overall.
Isaiah Trufant is recovering from a knee injury he suffered playing against the Seahawks last November in Seattle. He hopes to make the Jets again this summer. Marcus is an unrestricted free agent who might finally be leaving the Seattle Seahawks, who drafted him 11th overall in 2003.
Three brothers from north Tacoma all playing NFL football at the same time. Pretty darn cool.
-Bill Swartz, 1090 The Fan
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