The NFL Network has Charles Tillman at #34 in their annual Top 100 Players list for 2013. Tillman is the 4th Bear to show up on the NFLN Top 100, joining Lance Briggs, Tim Jennings, and Julius Peppers.
To the outsider looking in at Charles Tillman's career, he might say that the 32 year old corner back is getting better with age. He wasn't named to a Pro Bowl until his 9th season, and he followed up that honor with a trip back in his 10th. His 10th season, 2012, is also the first time he made the All Pro team.
Is Tillman just a late bloomer, or has the NFL not been paying attention to his career?
I emphatically say it's the later, because Tillman has been one of the best corners in the league since his 3rd season with the Chicago Bears. In 2005 he had a sack, five picks, including a 95 yard interception return for a touchdown, 16 passes defended, four forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and 96 tackles. That should been his 1st trip to Hawaii.
From a purely statistical standpoint, his career numbers scream out Hall Of Famer, but he hasn't had the type of individual recognition throughout his career to be in that discussion. But another few years of accolades, and who knows...
What do you think about Tillman's 34th place on this list, too high, too low? Sound off in the comment section!
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