The oldest of three boys, Marcus spent enough time babysitting to know his sibling had the potential to follow in the family footsteps and become the third Trufant brother to play cornerback in the NFL.
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant stopped by Washington's pro day Wednesday to see younger brother Desmond Trufant work out.
“Growing up he’s always had something special about him,” Marcus said. “He always stood out at sports -- football, basketball, it really didn’t matter what it was. He’s doing the same now. He’s standing out and he’s doing a lot of good stuff.”
Marcus watched his younger brother work out at Washington’s pro day Wednesday. Measured at 5-foot-11.5, 192 pounds, Desmond didn’t do any weight lifting, jumping or sprints. But, wearing a pair of bright orange cleats, he did participate in some of the agility drills and individual player workouts.
Scouts from Denver, Kansas City, San Francisco, Jacksonville, Seattle and New England, among others, watched the potential first-round pick. Seeing his younger brother audition for scouts brought back memories for Marcus.
“It’s like a déjà vu feeling all over again,” he said. “I know he’s been having a blast and it’s going to keep on getting better and better, so he’s been having a lot of fun.
“It’s big. I’m excited for him. I’m proud, and he’s just really done excellent for himself with the Senior Bowl, with the combine, even during the season. He’s doing excellent and he’s setting himself perfect to make a dream come true. All he’s got to do is keep grinding and just do the right things and he’ll be all right.”
After Desmond finished his workout, he said hello to Marcus and his parents, Constance and Lloyd, before being whisked away by a pair of scouts from the Jaguars and Washington coach Steve Sarkisian. Desmond was not able to meet with the media, so his older brother filled in.
When Marcus was asked if he shared any advice with his brother, he said, “You’re a good player. You’ve got all the speed. You’ve got great footwork, so just go out there and be yourself. Be the best you.”