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Former Chicago Bears legend Charles Tillman announces retirement

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One of the all-time greats is hanging up the cleats...

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Chicago Bears legend and likely future Hall of Famer, Charles Tillman, has announced his retirement from the NFL. Tillman was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 2nd round of the 2003 NFL Draft, and spent the next 12 seasons wearing the navy and orange.

He spent one season, 2015, with the Carolina Panthers.

Tillman was a Pro Bowler in 2011 and 2012, and was named Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2013.

He ranks 3rd all-time in franchise history in interceptions (36) and 1st in defensive touchdowns (9) and interceptions returned for touchdowns (8).

While his performance on the field was incredible, his work off the field was just as impressive. Tillman was truly a man of the community. He donates time and resources to multiple charities, most notably to Tillman's Cornerstone Foundation, which serves to provide a better quality of live for terminally ill children in the Chicago area.

We salute you, Charles Tillman, and thank you for over a decade of memories. Best of luck in your future endeavors.