Retired NFL Pro Bowl defensive back Charles Tillman, who played for the Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers, is now officially an FBI agent.
ESPN's Twitter account perhaps said it best:
According to the Chicago Tribune:
Charles Tillman is an FBI agent.
A source confirms that the former Bears cornerback has graduated from the FBI’s training academy is now working as an agent.
Tillman earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette before the Bears drafted him in the second round in 2003. He grew up in a military family — his father, Donald Tillman Jr., was a sergeant in the Army — and attended 11 schools from kindergarten through 12th grade.
What the articles on this story don't tell you, although they mention some of Tillman's NFL accolades, is that he led the NFL in forced fumbles in 2012 with an astonishing 10. Tillman reached two Super Bowls, in 2006-2007 with the Bears and in 2015-2016 with the Panthers. Sadly, his teams lost both; strangely, those were the two Super Bowls Peyton Manning won.
As a huge Charles Tillman fan who is a Panthers fan and rooted for his era Bears, and who has a lot of personal connections to law enforcement, I'm really excited about this.
Tillman celebrated his 38th birthday this past Saturday. Belated Happy 38th, Charles! Whether that age at graduation makes him a real-life version of ABC's The Rookie remains to be seen.