As part of a ceremonial honor that NFL teams partake in after the first round’s conclusion, legendary Bears Mike Singletary and Charles Tillman will announce Chicago’s second and third round picks, respectively, in the 2018 NFL Draft this weekend.
One of the greatest linebackers ever with a franchise rich in tradition at the position, “Samurai Mike” Singletary spent 12 seasons on the lakefront. In that time frame, he put together a First-Ballot Hall of Fame career and became the face of a legendary Bears defense. A defense that was the centerpiece of Chicago’s last championship in 1985.
Most recently, the 59-year-old Singletary attempted a run at a coaching career and was last seen in the NFL spending time as a defensive assistant with the Los Angeles Rams in 2016. It should be a tremendous outpouring of support for one of the former faces of the franchise as he announces a hopeful future face of the organization.
Meanwhile, “Peanut” Tillman is widely regarded as the best cornerback in Bears’ lore. He’s one of the most beloved players in Chicago’s rich 97-year history because of his humility, innate ability to make game-changing plays, and general good heart that is still infectious to this day.
When it comes to statistical records, Tillman is the Bears’ all-time leader in forced fumbles with 42, interception return yards with 675, and pick-sixes with 8. If he had amassed three more picks in his 12 seasons with the Bears, he would’ve also surpassed Gary Fencik on that measure.
Tilman was last season in the NFL playing for the Carolina Panthers in 2015: his last shot at a championship as Carolina fell to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50. Now he spends his time being the best dad, humanitarian, and FBI agent possible.
Yes, the Bears currently don’t have a third round selection. No, that is not general manager Ryan Pace extremely prematurely tipping his hand as to trades to acquire a pick in that round.
If Chicago has no third round selection by it’s end, Tillman will be featured either way as a former Walter Payton Man of the Year winner. If the Bears indeed get a third rounder, then he’ll announce that pick. They’d never leave an all-time great hanging.
A busy upcoming draft weekend for the Bears just got a little more illustrious with the additions of Singletary and Tillman to the festivities.
Robert Zeglinski is the Bears beat writer for The Rock River Times, an editor for Windy City Gridiron and Inside The Pylon, and is a contributor to Pro Football Weekly and The Athletic Chicago. You can follow him on Twitter @RobertZeglinski.