T-Sizzle wrote:I guess I expect more than you do out of the 11th overall pick in a draft. He had one good season (was selected as and All-Pro and made it to the Pro Bowl).... I expect more than one All-Pro selection and one Pro Bowl .... ya he was a long term Seahawk but he was never elite (some may argue his All-Pro season). Do I love what he did outside of football....hell ya, great guy.
Fair enough, but I'd counter that Pro-Bowls & All-Pro's aren't the best measure of a player's skill, too much political BS. Especially at CB, where voters tend to look at INTs which can often be an indicator that a player's actually getting thrown on a lot or taking chances and giving up just as many big plays.
Trufant had a similar early career to Nnamdi Asomugha - who played top-level ball for 5 seasons before making his first Pro-Bowl or All-Pro list. Both of them went overlooked for so long because their style was not flashy & they didn't generate lots of picks. They just went out and locked down their guy. By the time Trufant finally got a Pro-Bowl nod, he was already deserving of a few more.
IMO, there's a bit of the "Hasselbeck Effect" right now with Tru. He hasn't been the same player since the back injuries first flared up in '09, and because his recent play is still fresh in our minds, it's easy to overlook just how good he was before then.
He locked down a starting job from Day 1 his rookie year, and from that point on was left 1-on-1 vs. the opponent's #1 WR (and in the NFCW that meant battling TO, Boldin, Holt & Bruce all in their primes). Before "Revis Island" became a phrase Sportscenter pounded into everyone's head, Seattle's D worked the same way - half the stuff Rhodes & Marshall did was predicated on the fact that Tru was locking down the Left side of the field. Tru stayed "underrated" for a good 5 years because teams often avoided him.
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