A Banquet of Champions and Legends
It was Seahawks Legends, Tacoma style, at the Tacoma Dome recently where three alumni were inducted into the Tacoma-Pierce County Sports Hall of Fame. Over 1,000 people were on hand for the 2016 Banquet of Champions on Friday evening, June 24, with Lawyer Milloy (safety, 2009-2010) and Marcus Trufant (cornerback, 2003-2012) taking to the stage. Also inducted was Jon Kitna (quarterback, 1996-2000), who now coaches high school football in Texas, and was unable to attend.
Doug Baldwin was the guest speaker for the evening, and he was joined by his fellow teammate, and Lakewood (near Tacoma) native, Jermaine Kearse, who was one of the guest presenters handing out commemorative plaques to each of the inductees. Joining Jermaine as the other presenter was Tacoma native and Curtis High School product Andrea Geubelle, who is currently pursuing her Olympic dreams with a quest to qualify for the Rio games in the triple jump.
All three Legends had the distinction of growing up in Tacoma, with Kitna and Milloy attending Lincoln High School, and Trufant attending Wilson High School.
Kitna was a solid three-sport athlete at Lincoln, where he graduated in 1991. After a 16-year NFL career, he returned to Lincoln in 2012 as a math teacher and head football coach. Kitna remained there for three years before moving on to become the head coach at Waxahachie High School in Texas in 2015.
Milloy was one of the top college football recruits in the country coming out of Lincoln. He was named to the Parade magazine high school All-America team after a standout senior season at running back (1,056 yards) and defensive back (7 interceptions).
Trufant was a three-sport phenom at Wilson, serving as captain of his football, basketball and track teams his senior year. An all-state and Western 100 football selection, Trufant was a potent two-way player in leading the Rams to the 1998 state championship game by running for 30 touchdowns and more than 1,800 yards, and making 48 tackles and eight interceptions as a defensive back.
One other inductee with a Seahawks/Tacoma connection was Steve Thomas, who worked on the team’s radio broadcasts alongside Pete Gross and Wayne Cody, and eventually took over the play-by-play duties in 1992 following the passing of Gross from cancer. He worked with current announcer Steve Raible through the 1997 season.
Serving as Masters of Ceremonies were KING TV sports reporter and anchor Chris Egan and his brother Mike, who works for Microsoft. Both hail from, where else?, Tacoma.
(Photos be Corky Trewin)