Charles “Peanut” Tillman, one of the top Bears defenders for a number of years, called it a career, this past Monday.
What a career it was. Last season, he was member of the Carolina Panthers. Before that, he was a Chicago Bear for 12 years. During that time, he was a top defensive back, selected to two Pro-Bowls. He ended his career with 44 forced fumbles, 9 fumble recoveries, 38 interceptions, and 8 Touchdowns. The majority of the stats were compiled as a member of the Bears’ defense. He had a knack for punching the ball from the ball carrier, which often resulted in a turnover.
Tillman played on the 2006 Bears’ team that went to Super Bowl XLI and lost to the Indianapolis Colts. He played in the 2011 NFC Championship game won by the Green Bay Packers.
Tillman plans to sign a one-day contract with Chicago and retire as a member of the Bears. “I’m not a big media guy. I don’t want to have a lot of people. I just want to sign my little contract, come and go home.”
It was reported that Fox Sports has just added him to their NFL Pre-Game Show. Tillman always had a comment and was once quoted during a game, “I gotta lift more weights.”