Retired Chicago Bears Cornerback Training to Join FBI

Charles Tillman

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Following his retirement from the National Football League, former Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman is training to be part of another team: the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Tillman recently began training, with plans to join the FBI in the coming months, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Tillman, 36, played 12 season for the Bears and one season with the Carolina Panthers. He signed a one-day contract with the Bears last year so he could retire with the team.

Tillman was one of the toughest cornerbacks in the league and became famous for his "Peanut Punch," where he would punch the ball out of receivers' hands.

As impressive as his on-field career was, Tillman was also well known for his good work off the field. The NFL player participated in many events with military personnel, and spent eight days in 2010 visiting troops in Iraq and Kuwait. Tillman's father served in the Army, leading Tillman to frequently move around the country as a child. In 2013, Tillman was awarded the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year award for his charitable works.

FBI requirements include being under the age of 37 at the time of appointment. Tillman will turn 37 on Feb. 23.

The FBI refused to comment on the matter, as they do not talk about "personnel matters."

Tillman's degree at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette was in criminal justice before he joined "Da Bears" in 2003.

Jack Heretik

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Jack is a Media Analyst for the Washington Free Beacon. He is from Northern Ohio and graduated from the Catholic University of America in 2011. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Jack was a Production Assistant for EWTN's The World Over and worked on Sen. Bill Cassidy's 2014 campaign.

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