Practice brings better results than prayer. Trufant’s career is one excellent example to prove this quote. Coming from Tacoma, Washington, Desmond Trufant is now one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL.
The outstanding American player is playing in NFL for the last seven years. Following the footsteps of his brothers, he debuted in the national league in 2013. He now plays for Detroit Lions, but he is famous for his spell at Atlanta Falcons (2013-2020).
Before playing with Atlanta Falcons, he played for Washington Huskies Football Team and Woodrow Wilson High School. He was inspired by his two brothers (Marcus & Isaiah), who also played in National Football League.
This article will take a closer look at every detail of his personal life, career, early life, salary, and social media presence. Before that, here we present you with some facts about Desmond Trufant.
|Full Name||Desmond Trufant|
|Birth Date||September 10, 1990|
|Birth Place||Tacoma, Washington|
|Education||Woodrow Wilson High School
University of Washington
|Father’s Name||Constance Trufant|
|Mother’s Name||Lloyd Trufant|
|Siblings||Two (Marcus Trufant, Isaiah Trufant)|
|Age (as of 2020)||30 years old|
|Height||6 ft. 1 in. (185 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb. (86 kg)|
|Girl Friend||Not Available|
|Current Teams||Detroit Lions|
|Former Teams||Atlanta Falcons|
|Awards||Pro Bowl 2015
PFWA All-Rookie Team 2013
All-Pac-12 First Team 2012
|Net Worth||$30 Million|
Desmond Trufant | Early Life & Family
Desmond Trufant was born on September 10, 1990, to his parents Constance Trufant and Lloyd Trufant. He was born in the city of Tacoma, Washington. Des is the youngest among three siblings of the Trufant family.
He grew up playing in the local teams of Tacoma. For his high school education, he joined Woodrow Wilson High School. After showing his talent to the high school coach, he quickly got a place on the High School Football Team.
After graduating from High School, he got scholarship offers from many colleges and Universities. He chose the University of Washington for his further education as well as for his football career.
Who are Trufant’s Brothers?
Desmond is not the first member of the Trufant family in the NFL. In fact, he is the third member of the family to play in the NFL after his two brothers. And the interesting fact is that both of his brothers were also cornerback.
Desmond’s brothers Marcus and Isaiah both played in the NFL.
The first son of the Trufant family, Marcus started his NFL journey from Seattle Seahawks in 2003. He led the Seahawks defense from the corner for ten years. Undoubtedly, he was one of the best cornerbacks of his time. The fact that the Seattle Seahawks kept him for ten years tells everything about him.
Desmond’s other brother, Isaiah, played for New York Jets from 2011 to 2013. Isaiah didn’t get as successful as his brothers in the NFL, but he definitely has the experiences of many leagues and clubs. He achieved success in the NFL during the later stages of his career using his experiences.
Moreover, the brothers have a perfect relationship. They praise each other on occasions and also posts about them on social media.
Desmond Trufant | Age, Height & Nationality
Born in 1990, Trufant is currently 20 years old, and his sun sign is Virgo. If you believe in a zodiac animal sign, Trufant’s zodiac animal sign is Horse.
The number 23 cornerback stands at an athletic height of 6 feet 1 inch (185 cm). Added to that, his recently recorded weight is 86 kg (185 cm). He has an athletic body figure, but we don’t have the exact figure of his body measurement.
Tacoma born footballer has long black hair and a pair of black eyes. Moreover, he is an American nationality and belongs to the mixed ethnicity group. We don’t have the information about the religion he follows.
High School Career
The success of his big brother, Marcus, inspired him to play football from a very young age. After the NFL selection of his other brother Isaiah, he also set his target to play in the National Football League.
Des started winning awards from a very young age. His football journey started after joining Woodrow Wilson High School. Seattle Times named him first-team All-State in his senior year. Also, he got the spot on the Seattle Times All-State team of post-season.
He also achieved a little success as a triple jumper and long jumper in a track race. Des became runner-up in the Class 4A State Triple Jump track meet. He secured 11th position on long jump and played basketball in his junior year.
Rivals.com judged Trufant as a 3-star recruit and 56th best cornerback in the whole nation. He left many offers to join Washington State University.
After joining the Washington State in 2009, he started playing for the Washington Huskies Football Team. He played for Huskies from 2009 to 2012. He earned a place in the first-team All-Pacific Eastern Conference-12 as a senior.
— Coach Brown (@AllenBrown_4) May 14, 2020
As a cornerback, he helped the team to reach the 16th rank in pass defense in the college football season 2012.
Desmond Trufant | NFL Career
Atlanta Falcons picked him up in the first round (overall: 22nd) in the 2013 NFL Draft. Position wise, he was the third cornerback to get selected, behind Dee Milliner (overall: 9th) and D.J. Hayden (overall: 12th).
He signed a 4-year contract worth $8.16 million on July 24, 2013. Also, the contract included a certain $6.94 million along with a $4.31 million signing bonus.
The Falcons training camp was filled with cornerbacks, so Trufant had to fight for his team position. He competed with Robert McClain, Asante Samuel, and Robert Alford for the two cornerback positions.
Falcons head coach Mike Smith was impressed by his performance and selected him for the starting position and Asante. After that, he made his NFL debut in the season-opener loss against New Orleans Saints.
Trufant started with one after another impressive performance. He recorded a season-high combined tackle of seven and broke up a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. On November 3, he recorded his first career interception.
Eventually, he ended his first NFL season with 55 solo tackles, 17 pass deflections, and two interceptions in 16 games. Trufant proved his talent to everyone. Pro Football Focus ranked him eighth on the list of all cornerbacks, giving a rating of 75.2.
Atlanta Falcons released Samuel in 2014, which made Trufant the first-choice cornerback. Further, he recorded the season-high 7 combined tackles against the Buccaneers on November 9. Sadly, the Falcons did not qualify for the playoffs again in 2014.
Although the bad team performances didn’t affect him much, he recorded 61 combined tackles and 16 pass deflections in the 2014 season.
Pro Bowl Selection
Atlanta Falcons replaced Mike by bringing new head coach Dan Quinn. Trufant and Alford retained their starting position under the new head coach.
Great win!! pic.twitter.com/CQsbnIFT2w
— Desmond Trufant (@DesmondTrufant) September 16, 2019
Trufant recorded his first career sack on Matt Hasselback in week 11. After a week, he recorded his season-high six solo tackles in a loss against Minnesota Vikings. Moreover, Des finished the 2015 season with 42 combined tackles, lower than his first two seasons.
However, he obtained his first career Pro Bowl selection. Also, he was chosen as a substitute for the 2016 Pro Bowl.
On October 16, 2016, Trufant made his first sack of the season against Russel Wilson in 26-24 loss at the Seattle Seahawks. Trufant made four solo tackles in week 9. Sadly, he suffered a shoulder injury and got out of the squad because of surgery.
Falcons made it to the Super Bowl LI with an 11-5 record. Unfortunately, lost by 34-28 against the New England Patriots after leading 28-9 in the third quarter.
2017 & 2018 Season
Desmond Trufant signed a five-year contract worth $68.5 million on April 8, 2017. He once again silenced his haters and came back from injury showing better performances. Moreover, Trufant missed just one game that season because of injury.
In 2017, he played 15 games and recorded 41 combined tackles, two interceptions, twelve pass deflections, a sack, a touchdown, and a fumble recovery. Pro Football gave him the overall grade of 84.9 and ranked 19th among cornerbacks.
— Desmond Trufant (@DesmondTrufant) August 16, 2019
Furthermore, he recorded 66 tackles, one sack, 12 passes defended (team-high) in 2018, playing all 18 games.
Last season for Atlanta Falcons
Trufant suffered multiple injuries throughout the season of 2019, which eventually became his last season at the club. In Week-2, he intercepted Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Carson Wentz twice.
Trufant suffered an injury against Houston Texans in Week 5 and missed five games. But after just three games, he again suffered another injury in his arm and ruled out for the rest of the season.
Atlanta Falcons released Trufant on March 18, 2020. He played in Atlanta for seven seasons.
Detroit Lions contracted Trufant on March 25, 2020. He was signed on $21 million for two years. Trufant will be hoping to gain back his confidence and stay fit in his new club.
Desmond Trufant | Personal Life
Trufant likes to keep his personal life away from the eyes of the media. According to different online sources, he is still single. This might be excellent news for his fangirls.
He is already thirty years old, and there is not a single news about his relationships yet. Now we can safely say he is as talented in keeping things private as he is in the football defense. We will be the first to let you know about his relationship affairs as soon as we find any news.
Desmond Trufant | Net Worth and Salary
It is no surprise that Trufant lives a lavish life, and he certainly deserves that. Besides that, he has worked hard to come up to this level. He has given all his strength and time for football. According to online sources:
Trufant’s Net Worth is $30 Million.
His current salary is based on the $21 million contracts he signed with Detroit Lions in 2020. Additionally, he got $5 million as a signing bonus. Being one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, he totally deserves that amount.
Besides that, he also earns a respectable amount from his sponsorships, endorsement deals, and advertisements. Currently, he has a sponsorship deal with Adidas.
Social Media Presence
Twitter (@DesmondTrufant): 41.4K followers