Charles Tillman

Charles Tillman: FBI agent?

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Charles Tillman: FBI agent?

Charles Tillman isn't wasting time on life after football.

The former Bears cornerback — one of the best defensive players in an illustrious franchise history — is reportedly training to be an FBI agent, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Tillman turns 37 in February and last played in the NFL in 2015 with the Carolina Panthers. His age is an issue, as the Tribune notes, FBI guidlines stipulate a candidate cannot be 37 at time of appointment, meaning Tillman had to act fast if he wanted to become a special agent.

Tillman studied criminal justice at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. 

In his 12-year NFL career, Tillman appeared in 168 games, tallying 38 interceptions, 141 passes defensed and an incredible 44 forced fumbles. He jarred 10 balls loose in 2012 alone and earned his own wrestling move nickname for his ball-smacking prowess — the Peanut Punch.

Now Tillman apparently is taking his punching talents to Quantico, Virginia.

NFL Network analysts: Bears can take anyone at No. 3 in NFL Draft

NFL Network analysts: Bears can take anyone at No. 3 in NFL Draft

By Jasmine Minor,
CSN Chicago contributor

PHILADELPHIA — On the eve of the Draft, NFL Network analysts couldn’t clarify who the Bears will take in the first round. The reason? There are many positions to fill and plenty of talent to select.

“That’s the good thing about where the Bears are at right now. The good news is no matter what you pick, it’s going to help,” NFL Network analyst Brian Billick said.

Addressing the need for a franchise quarterback still remains in question. However, none of the quarterback prospects have built enough confidence in the analysts to suggest a first round pick for the Bears.

“There were some rumors that this (Mike) Glennon contract can be a one-year deal and it wouldn’t shock us if they loved a guy to take him at three,” NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah said. “But, I don’t see that happening.”

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In fact, former star NFL wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. says it’s the defense that will bring the team back to prominence.

“You have to take a little bit of pressure off the offense … when you go back and look at the years [the Bears] were making the playoffs, with Lance Briggs, Mike Brown, Peanut [Charles Tillman], Brian Urlacher … great defensive teams.”

Nevertheless, Billick kept it simple in how the Bears can fix their bad season blues.

“Get a boatload of good players.”

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[PHOTO] Former Bears CB Charles Tillman cuts off his dreadlocks

[PHOTO] Former Bears CB Charles Tillman cuts off his dreadlocks

If it weren't for his famous Peanut Punch, which led to 44 forced fumbles over his career, Charles Tillman was most memorable for his unique dreadlocks.

Well, not anymore.

The former Bears cornerback, who spent 12 seasons in the Windy City and one with the Panthers in 2015, tweeted out a photo of his new hair-do that's sure to turn heads.

Tillman's going the opposite route of Brian Urlacher, who last year added some hair (and looked just as funny as Tillman does with less of it).