Charles Tillman

Former Bears All-Pro Charles Tillman inducted into Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame

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Former Bears All-Pro Charles Tillman inducted into Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame

Former Bears and Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns cornerback Charles Tillman has seen his college career immortalized by the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.

Tillman and his fellow inductees will be a part of The LSHOF Class of 2020 Induction Celebration, which will take place on Thursday, June 25, 2020. The celebration will include multiple receptions, a bowling party and a Friday night riverbank concert. Tickets for the Induction Dinner and Ceremony, along with congratulatory advertising and sponsorship opportunities, will be available early in 2020 through the LaSportsHall.com website.

Tillman played three seasons for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, leading Independent schools in interceptions with six in 2000. Over his three seasons and 34 games with ULL, 'Peanut' collected 12 interceptions and seven fumble recoveries. He put enough on tape to convince the Bears to take him with a second-round pick in the 2003 NFL Draft.

The LSHOF has a strong NFL influence, as 'Peanut' will be joining Peyton Manning, who was inducted in 2019. Tillman will also be joining fellow 2020 inductees Nick Saban, who is getting in for his accomplishments with LSU and former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Horn. 

Following his career with ULL, Tillman went on to become a two-time Pro Bowler, Walter Payton Man of the Year award winner and a three-time Brian Piccolo Award winner with the Bears. Tillman's multiple Piccolo award wins are perhaps the most impressive, as the award is given to the Bears player that best exemplifies teamwork, loyalty, and courage, and these are the same values that helped land 'Peanut' into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. 

The 2020 class will be enshrined into the Hall on June 27, 2020, in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

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Charles Tillman, Alex Brown among former Bears who returned to Halas Hall for rookie minicamp

Charles Tillman, Alex Brown among former Bears who returned to Halas Hall for rookie minicamp

Charles Tillman and Alex Brown were among seven former Chicago Bears who visited the team's rookie minicamp this weekend, offering an in-depth look at what it means to be a Bear.

"I just think you get real-life stories from guys that have been in these shoes," Matt Nagy said, via ChicagoBears.com. "It's one thing for coaches to say it; it's another thing to have real-life people come in who have been in this organization and have had good experiences. I think if you look around and see the guys, they're taking it all in. You can't replicate that."

The Bears are evaluating 70 players at Halas Hall ranging from first-round pick Roquan Smith to journeyman quarterback Aaron Murray, a former fifth-round pick of the Chiefs in 2014.

Tillman and Brown were joined by Jay Hilgenberg, Steve McMichael, Marcus Robinson, Bob Wetoska and James "Big Cat" Williams.

Brown, a fourth-round pick out of Florida in 2002, made sure he studied Bears history when he was a rookie.

"I did my best to learn as much as I could about the Bears, and nobody's history goes back as far as the Bears because they were here in the beginning," Brown said. "And then understanding what Papa Bear meant to the team. Understanding the players that have come through here that kind of paved the road all the way through for us to be here. It's not like the Jacksonville Jaguars that started in the mid-90s. This was started in the beginning. You can't go further back than the Chicago Bears."

Chicago's history of Hall-of-Fame linebackers will cast a hovering shadow over Smith, the eighth pick overall, who's said all the right things to reporters during his first few days on the field. 

“I’m not thinking about just being a starter,” Smith told reporters Friday. “I’ll start on special teams if that’s what they want me to do, I’ll do it. It’s not like I’m just saying, ‘Hey, I have to be the starter.’ You crawl before you walk.”

Smith gets it. And if he stays the course, he'll soon add his name to the growing list of legendary Bears defenders.

"There's three ways to get on the unfailing road in life," McMichael said. "You show up early, you pay attention and you work your butt off. Now if you're about them three things, you're going to be a success—in life, not just football."

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.