Adrian Amos

Bears All-Decade Team: Charles Tillman, Eddie Jackson highlight secondary picks

Bears All-Decade Team: Charles Tillman, Eddie Jackson highlight secondary picks

The Chicago Bears wrapped up their 100th season of football in disappointing fashion, but the 2010s provided Bears fans with some fun moments and personalities to cheer for.

In this nine-part series, we'll name our Bears All-Decade Team.

We already covered edge defenders here. Next up, the secondary.


Cornerback: Charles Tillman
2003-14

Peanut Tillman will forever be known for his patented 'Peanut Punch' and his knack for forcing fumbles when the Bears needed it most. He forced a ridiculous 42 fumbles in his 12 years as a Bear that included two Pro Bowls and one All-Pro season. To be fair, he deserved a lot more than that.

Tillman ended his career with Chicago totaling 36 interceptions, 11 fumble recoveries and nine defensive touchdowns. He was to the secondary what Brian Urlacher was to the linebackers and remains one of the most underrated cornerbacks of his era.


Cornerback: Kyle Fuller
2014-present

Fuller joined the Bears as a first-round pick in 2014, and despite having an up-and-down start to his career, has settled in as Chicago's top cover corner and one of the NFL's best all-around defensive backs. 

Fuller has 18 interceptions in his five seasons with the Bears, including 10 over the last two years alone. He led the NFL in interceptions in 2018.

Fuller was selected to the 2014 All-Rookie Team and was pegged a Pro-Bowler and First-Team All-Pro in 2018.


Safety: Eddie Jackson
2017-present

The word that best describes Jackson's tenure in Chicago so far is 'playmaker.' 

The young safety, who joined the Bears as a fourth-round pick in 2017, already has five defensive touchdowns on his resume that have come from a remarkable 15 turnovers. His range as a ball-hawk in the secondary has him rated as one of the best defensive players in the NFL who Chicago will continue to build around.

Jackson was a First-Team All-Pro in 2018 and has been an NFC Pro Bowl pick in each of the last two seasons. He ranked 30th on the NFL's Top 100 entering the 2019 season.

Safety: Adrian Amos
2015-2018

The model of consistency in the Bears' secondary for four seasons, Amos developed into one of Chicago's top defensive starters after joining the team as a fifth-round pick out of Penn State.

Amos started 56 games for the Bears, totaling 259 tackles, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries. His play resulted in a big-money free-agent contract from the Packers last offseason.

WATCH: Adrian Amos explains 4th-quarter interception of Mitch Trubisky

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WATCH: Adrian Amos explains 4th-quarter interception of Mitch Trubisky

Former Bears safety Adrian Amos enjoyed a storybook return to Soldier Field Thursday night when he sealed Green Bay's 10-3 victory with a late-game interception of Mitch Trubisky that ended a potential game-tying drive.

Amos signed a massive four-year, $37 million contract with the Packers in free agency and was arguably the Bears' biggest loss from a 2018 defense that was widely considered the best in the NFL.

Amos caught up with NFL Network's Stacey Dales after the game and explained how he was able to make such a critical game-deciding play.

“They did the play a couple of times," Amos said. "He (Trubisky) missed it one of the times he was open on it, and they did it again and they didn’t hit it."

Packers CB Tramon Williams said Amos called his shot.

“He called it. He came to the sideline and said it. He came up with the play. Big play for Amos, especially here in Chicago.”

The most ironic part of all this is that Amos was never known for creating turnovers during his tenure as a Bear. He had just three interceptions in four seasons in Chicago. He's 1-for-1 in Green Bay.

Adrian Amos says he knew what play was coming before interception

Adrian Amos says he knew what play was coming before interception

The Bears' offense struggled in their season opener against the rival Packers. But despite their offensive woes, quarterback Mitch Trubisky had the Bears within striking distance of the end zone at the end of the game.

But a Club Dub trip wasn't in the cards and former teammate Adrian Amos intercepted the pass in the end zone to seal the win for the Packers.

And Amos was in a position to make that play because he says knew what play was coming when he saw the formation.

"I was talking about that play a little bit before," Amos said in a post-game interview with Michele Tafoya. "I saw it when they got in that formation, I read it and I went to try and got get the ball and I made the play. I feel good right now."

Amos didn't clarify how he knew what play was coming, whether it was from his time at Halas Hall or whether they saw it on film in preparations for this game.

Either way, it stings all that more to see a beloved former Bear seal the loss with an interception in the end zone.

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