We all know that NFL alumnus Pat Tillman made the ultimate sacrifice in service to his country in 2004 when the U.S Army Ranger was killed in military action in Afghanistan.
Another Tillman— Charles Tillman, no relation—also now is serving his country but in a different fashion. According to the Chicago Tribune, the former Bears and Panthers defensive back joined the FBI in September 2017 and currently is serving as a Special Agent as part of a mandatory probationary two-year period. Charles graduated from the FBI Academy in 2018.
Charles Tillman, the son of an U.S. Army Sergeant, was drafted by the Bears in 2003 after receiving a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. He was an outstanding Pro Bowl cornerback in Chicago for a dozen years before signing as a free agent with the Carolina Panthers in 2015.
His final 2015 season was shortened by injuries and Tillman returned to the Bears to sign a one-day contract so he could retire with the team that drafted him.
Tillman received the 2013 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award for his many contributions to Chicagoland charities. “I believe we all have a responsibility to lend a helping hand in time of need,” he said upon receiving the prestigious award.
We at NFL Alumni salute Charles Tillman for lending HIS hands to his fellow Americans and raising the bar for all retired NFL players. We thank him and all other NFL alumni who are public servants in communities throughout the 50 states.