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Charles Tillman will retire a Bear Friday, join FOX NFL Kickoff

Tillman works out Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Yesterday on WSCR 670 The Score in Chicago, the recently retired, former Chicago Bears Pro Bowler Charles Tillman, told Laurence Holmes that he plans to retire as a member of the Bears.

The franchise that Tillman called home for 12 of his 13 seasons, will sign him to a ceremonial 1 day contract so that he can officially retire from the NFL as a Chicago Bear.

Tillman believed that the 1 day deal would be done today, but the latest report from ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson has it taking place on Friday. Whenever it takes place, it’s good to see the Bears give a proper send off to one of their all time greats.

While talking to Holmes, Tillman also teased that he may pull a Brett Favre and come out of retirement, but that seems to be not possible now that he has found another job. FOX Sports has announced that Tillman will join the pregame show, “Fox NFL Kickoff,” which airs Sunday mornings during the NFL season at 10 a.m. Chicago time. Tillman will join another former Bear, Dave Wannstedt, who coached the Bears from 1993-98, host Clarissa Thompson and Colin Cowherd.

“With Charles having spent his entire career in the NFC, we were obviously very familiar with his accomplishments on the field,” said Bill Richards, Fox Sports Senior Vice President of production. “He always presented himself well as a player and we were impressed with his knowledge of the game and ability to articulate it when we met with him. We are really excited to add him to the team.”

In case you missed any of our Tillman retirement coverage, be sure to check out Dane’s article, my Ten Thoughts on the NFL that was dedicated entirely to Tillman, and Ken’s Bears’ Den that was very Tillman heavy.