Last week in this space we threw it back to Marcus Trufant’s time – or should we say “French Dip’s” time – as a senior football player at Tacoma’s Wilson High School.
Today, courtesy of the NFL on FOX, we throw it back to Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s time at Collegiate High School in Richmond, Virgina.
Wilson played both football and baseball for the Cougars, leading them to three state championships on the gridiron. He earned all-state, all-region, and all-district honors, and was named the 2005 Richmond-Times-Dispatch Player of the Year as a junior.
In the high school highlight reel above you’ll notice many of the defining characteristics that Wilson flashed for the 2012 Seahawks. The skill to escape pressure and would-be tacklers, the quick release, strong arm and ability to make accurate throws from any different angle – rolling right, rolling left – while remaining poised in the pocket are all on display.
Charlie McFall, Collegiate High School’s head football coach relayed to FOXSports.com a game of Wilson’s that stood out the most:
“I think Russell saved it all for the last game [against Fork Union Military Academy]. I think he rushed for over 200 yards and threw for over 200 yards and really had a nice game. That’s the one that really stands out to me because he was just a one-man wrecking crew.
“The other thing is, he was playing just about every down at cornerback. We weren’t pulling him out to save him. He was on the field, all the time. He’d even punt it for us.”
On this Thursday, May 16, we’re here to add a little bit more to Marcus Trufant’s legacy in the Pacific Northwest.
From the annals of Wilson High School, we bring you a rare look at the former Seahawks cornerback Trufant, pictured here as a senior in the Tacoma school’s football program. The photo and self-submitted biography reveal some little known facts about the cornerback Seattle chose with the 11th pick in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft out of Washington State University.
Trufant, or “French Dip” as he dubs himself in his bio above, planned to go to college and major in engineering with hopes of being an architect, but notes his dream was to make it to the NFL. Here we are several years later and Trufant is still living out that dream.
After 10 seasons with his hometown Seahawks where he snagged 21 interceptions (good for fifth on the Seahawks’ all-time list), Trufant is now continuing his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars and head coach Gus Bradley, who spent four seasons as defensive coordinator in Seattle.
Update: After posting the above photo on Twitter, Trufant gave us a little friendly reaction: