Marcus first attended McCarver Elementary School and then Truman Middle School. While attending Wilson High School in Tacoma, Marcus Trufant lettered in three varsity sports: football, basketball and track, capturing ninth at the State track meet in triple jump, with a leap of 14.50 meters. He was the team captain for two teams as a senior. As a junior, was Offensive Player of the Year in football and Mr. Defense in basketball. As a senior, he was named All-State by the Associated Press, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Washington Prep Report. Named Washington AAAA player of the year by The News Tribune as well as the Seattle PI and The Seattle Times All-League, All-Area and All-State teams. Lost the State AAAA championship as a senior and scored 30 TD and rushed for 1,800 yards on offense while recording 48 tackles and 8 interceptions on defense.
Trufant attended Washington State University after being recruited by then-Washington State Cougars football head coach Mike Price. He started for all four years for the Cougars and was a member of the 2003 Rose Bowl team that lost to the Oklahoma Sooners in his 2002 senior year. He did not allow a single touchdown against him for his last two years there. As a freshman in 1999, he was a freshman All-Pac-10 selection.
Awards and honors
• Pac-10 All-Freshman (1999)
• Honorable mention All-Pac-10 (2001)
• First-team All-Pac-10 (2002)
• Second-team AP All-American (2002)
• Seattle Seahawks
• Trufant was selected by the Seattle Seahawks with the 11th overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. Coming from Tacoma and graduating from Washington State University, Trufant is considered a hometown favorite. In 2007 Trufant played a big part in the Seahawks defense, intercepting a career high 7 passes and returning one for an 84 yard touchdown. He also deflected 15 passes and made 85 tackles, and was voted into the 2008 Pro Bowl in Hawaii. On February 21, 2008 the Seahawks placed their franchise tag on Trufant, tendering him with a one year $9.465 million deal.
• On March 26, 2008 the Seahawks signed Trufant to a new six-year, $50.2 million deal with a $10 million signing bonus. On April 1, 2010, Marcus Trufant traveled to Cambridge Elementary School in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada as one of the students there, Tyler Wedel, was one of only four Canadian winners of the NFL Take A Player To School Contest and as a winner Wedel brought Trufant to school to talk to his fellow students about his career and inspirations to play in the NFL.
• On October 17, 2011, Trufant was placed on injured reserve with a bruised sacrum, ending his season. The Seahawks released Trufant on March 8, 2012, but re-signed him one month and one day later on April 9, 2012 to a one-year contract.
• Jacksonville Jaguars
• On May 7, 2013, Trufant signed a contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars, reuniting him with his former defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. Trufant, Matt Hasselbeck and Leroy Hill were the last remaining players from the Seahawks’ 2005 NFC championship season. He was released on August 30, 2013.