Charles Tillman. Forced fumble "peanut punch" extraordinaire. Family man at heart. And now, an FBI agent.
Tillman, now 37, has officially graduated from the FBI's training academy according to Sporting News. Two years removed from his NFL playing career, he entered the 20-week program last year. Mandates that he needed to become an agent and finish the program by his 37th birthday meant Tillman had a tight deadline. Fittingly, he finished everything on the eve of said birthday and will now enter high profile law enforcement. And in classic Tillman fashion, reports stated to expect no grand announcement of his accomplishment. A humble endeavor for a humble man.
After 13 years in the NFL - 12 of which with the Bears and one with the Carolina Panthers - spent terrorizing receivers and quarterbacks alike, Tillman now gets to enjoy a different much more serious line of work with the government. His responsibilities will lie in more than being accountable to defensive teammates. It'll be about being accountable for the greater good.
The Bears all-time leader in forced fumbles with 42 and overall turnovers forced, Tillman enters quite the second high profile life in pro football retirement. From accomplishing most everything in the NFL, to living a dream professional agent life after it.
Robert Zeglinski is the Bears beat writer for The Rock River Times, an editor for Windy City Gridiron, and is a contributor to The Athletic Chicago. You can follow him on Twitter @RobertZeglinski.