Chicago Bears legend Charles Tillman is one of the best cornerbacks in NFL history. He impacted the game on the defensive side of the ball in so many ways and had a knack for getting the ball in his hands.
Not only was Charles Tillman a superstar NFL player, but he was a tremendous person off the field. The Chicago, Illinois native won the 2013 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award and saved a reporter from getting brutally hurt during a Bears-Minnesota Vikings game.
Charles Tillman was a beast with the Bears
Charles Tillman played the first 12 years of his NFL career with the Bears. He appeared in 156 games and put up dazzling numbers.
Tillman recorded 36 interceptions and 754 solo tackles with the Bears. He invented the term the “Peanut Punch” since “Peanut” was his nickname and he forced 42 fumbles as a member of the Bears.
A two-time Pro Bowler, Tillman scored eight pick-sixes and took one fumble recovery to the house during his time with the Bears. He made the All-Pro team in 2012 after forcing 10 fumbles and scoring three touchdowns.
The 2014 season was Tillman’s last year in Chicago. He only played in two games due to a triceps injury. Tillman signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers for the 2015 campaign. He racked up two interceptions and forced two fumbles in his one year in Carolina.
Charles Tillman finished his NFL career with 38 interceptions, 44 forced fumbles, and nine touchdowns. Along with winning the 2013 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, Tillman showed off his Superman skills by saving Fox Sports reporter Laura Okmin during a Bears-Vikings game.
Charles Tillman saved Laura Okmin from getting hit by a cart in 2013
During a Bears-Vikings game at Soldier Field in Chicago, Charles Tillman saved Laura Okmin from getting hit by a cart in the first quarter. Had Tillman not pulled Okmin away, she could have gotten seriously hurt.
What makes this story even better is that Tillman was getting evaluated for a right knee injury when he saved Okmin. The former Bears star was a superhero that day.
The Bears went 8-8 during the 2013 season and missed the playoffs. Tillman played in eight games before suffering his first serious triceps injury. The Louisiana product forced three fumbles that season and registered three interceptions.
Many Bears fans believe Charles Tillman should be in the Hall of Fame. One thing is certain: Tillman will always be in Laura Okmin’s Hall of Fame.
Peanut was on the last Bears team to win a playoff game
January 16, 2011, was the last time the Bears won a playoff game. Behind Charles Tillman and quarterback Jay Cutler, Chicago defeated the Seattle Seahawks in the Divisional Round by a final score of 35-24.
Unfortunately for Charles Tillman, that was the last playoff game he won. The Bears lost in the NFC Championship Game to the Green Bay Packers the following week. Tillman never reached the postseason again after that.
Stats courtesy of Football Reference.