Marcus Trufant retires as a Seahawk

Cornerback Marcus Trufant #23 of the Seattle Seahawks breaks up a pass in the end zone intended for...

Cornerback Marcus Trufant #23 of the Seattle Seahawks breaks up a pass in the end zone intended for wide receiver Danny Amendola #16 of the St. Louis Rams at CenturyLink Field on December 30, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images/AFP)

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Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Trufant announced his retirement from the NFL on Thursday.

Trufant re-signed with the Seahawks on Wednesday so he could retire as a Seahawk.

Trufant started 125 games in 10 seasons with the Seahawks, including 94 of a possible 96 games to begin his career. He was not re-signed after becoming an unrestricted free agent last March. He signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars in May, but was released before playing in a regular-season game.

Trufant was the 11th overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft by the 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 Jan. 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, 85 tackles and 16 passes defensed, including tying the franchise-mark with three interceptions in one game and returning one 84 yards for his first-career score.


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