PRO CAREER: Earned Pro Bowl nods in each of the last two seasons (2011 and 2012)… Ranks third in franchise history with 33 interceptions, second in INT return yards (606) and holds team records for defensive TDs (9) and INT return TDs (8)...Has started 142-of-146 career games played, recording 892 tackles, 33 INTs, 109 PBUs, 39 forced fumbles, 3.0 sacks, and 8 fumble recoveries... His 39 forced fumbles since 2003 are the most in the NFL… Ranks eighth in the NFL overall and fifth among cornerbacks in INTs since his rookie season… 9 defensive return TDs are tied for fourth most in the NFL since 2003 and his 8 interception return TDs are tied for second most... His 892 tackles since 2003 are the most in Chicago's secondary and rank 3rd on the Bears trailing only Brian Urlacher (1,779) and Lance Briggs (1,414)… Stands as Chicago's active leader with 109 career PBUs after leading the team in 2003 (10), 2006 (11), 2008 (16), 2009 (7) and 2011 (13) and tying for the team lead in 2007 (5) and 2005 (18)… Set Bears record (and 2nd all-time in NFL annals) for the longest non-scoring returnby producing a 95-yard return on an INT vs. GB (12/4/05), the fourth-longest overall INT return in club history… Combined with Nathan Vasher to record 13 INTs in 2005 which tied for third-most picks by a CB tandem in the NFL, tied for tops in the NFC, was the most by a Bears duo since Mark Carrier (10) and Donnell Woolford (3) in 1990 and was the most by any Chicago CB tandem dating back to 1968… Became first rookie since Carrier in 1990 to lead Chicago in INTs with 4 in 2003.
HONORS & AWARDS: 2012 - Pro Bowl; Piccolo Award; NFC Defensive Player of the Month (October); NFC Defensive Player ofthe Week (10/7); NFC Defensive Player of the Week (10/22), 2011 - Pro Bowl. 2008 - Brian Piccolo Award, Ed Block Courage Award. 2005 - NFC Defensive Player of the Week (10/30). 2003 - NFL Rookie of the Year (Sports Illustrated); All-Pro (Sports Illustrated); NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (Football Digest); Brian Piccolo Award.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Entered NFL as a second-round selection (35th overall) by Chicago in the 2003 NFL Draft… Signed 5-year contract with Chicago (7/26/03)… Signed 6-year contract with Bears (7/25/07). SIGNED through 2013
2012 SEASON: Named to second consectutive Pro Bowl... Compiled 93 tackles (68 solo), 3 INTs returned for a career-high 3 defensive TDs, 15 PBUs, a career-high 10 FF and tied a career high with 2 FRs... Along with LB Lance Briggs became first teammates in NFL history to each have interception return touchdowns in back-to-back games (Weeks 4-5; Briggs 74 yards at DAL and 36 yards at JAX; Tillman 25 yards at DAL and 36 yards at JAX)… Put together a career high 4 FFs at TEN (11/4)... Was first in the NFL in FFs and tied for first in the NFL in defensive TDs... Started all 16 contests for third-consecutive season. GAMES PLAYED-STARTED: 16-16
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2011 - Named to first career Pro Bowl after posting 113 tackles, 3 INTs, 2 INT return TDs, 13 PBUs, 4 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 sack and 4 TFLs... Led team in PBUs and FF and tied for team lead in FR... 4 forced fumbles was tied for fifth most in the NFL and second among DBs... 2 INT return TDs was tied for NFL lead... 113 tackles and 4 TFLs were career-highs... Started all 16 contests for second consecutive season. 2010 - Tied for the team lead in INTs (5) and FF (3), starting all 16 games... Finished second on the team with 11 PBUs and tied for second with 2 fumble recoveries... Led the Bears secondary and finished third on the Bears with 101 tackles... Added 2 TFLs... Started both postseason contests, posting 8 tackles and 4 PBUs. 2009 - Ranked second in the NFL with then career-high 6 forced fumbles, starting all 15 games played prior to being placed on Injured Reserve (12/30)… Led the team in PBUs and was second in solo tackles (64), while leading the secondary with 86 tackles… Collected a then career-high 3 forced fumbles vs. PHI (11/22). 2008 - Paced the Bears in PBUs and forced fumbles (4), starting all 15 games in which he played... Ranked 2nd on the Bears in solo tackles (79), tied for 2nd in INTs (3) and 6th in total tackles (91)… Returned an INT 26 yards for a TD at DET (10/5)... Inactive for Game 7 vs. MIN (10/19). 2007 - Tied for the team lead with 5 PBUs and 2nd on team in INTs (3)… Tied a then career-high with 4 forced fumbles, which ranked 6th in the NFC… Blocked 2 punts, both leading to Bears touchdowns, one of which was returned for a score by Corey Graham vs. GB (12/23)… Inactive Game 4 with an ankle injury. 2006 - Tied career-high and team-high with 5 INTs, tied for 10th in NFL… Also led team with 11 PBUs, the 3rd time in his career that he led or tied for team lead in that category… Notched first career defensive fumble recovery which he returned 40 yards for a TD… Started Games 1-14 and all 3 postseason contests at LCB; Inactive Games 15 and 16 due to injury... Finished 3rd on team in postseason with 22 tackles, and 2nd with 4 PBUs… Stripped and recovered ball from Colts TE Bryan Fletcher in Super Bowl XLI (2/4/07), while finishing game 2nd on team with career-playoff-high 11 tackles. 2005 - Established career-highs with 5 INTs, 18 PBUs and 4 forced fumbles while starting the first 15 games at LCB, plus the postseason contest… Ranked 3rd on club (led secondary) with 104 tackles, 2nd in INTs, tied for lead in PBUs and led in forced fumbles… Started at LCB in Games 1-15; Inactive Game 16… Set up Bears FG with career-long 95-yard INT return to the Packers 5-yard line off Brett Favre vs. GB (12/4). 2004 - Complied 44 tackles with 1 forced fumble, 3 PBUs and added 2 special teams tackles while starting 7 of 8 games played and missing 8 games due to a knee injury… Started at LCB Games 1-2, 12-16, came off the bench in Game 11; Inactive Games 3-10. 2003 - Tied for team lead and NFL lead among rookies with 4 INTs for the Bears, starting the final 13 games of the season at CB, the last 10 at LCB, and playing in all 16… Led team with 10 PBUs while ranking 2nd on secondary and 3rd overall with 89 tackles… Participated in all 16 games - starting Games 4-6 at RCB and Games 7-16 at LCB… Forced fumble on special teams in NFL debut at SF (9/7)… Forced fumble recovered by Bobby Gray at SEA (10/19)… Nabbed INT in second straight game vs. SD (11/2).
COLLEGE: Four-year starter at LCB at Louisiana-Lafayette (1999-2002) was 2-time all-Sun Belt selection who started 39-of-45 career games played and totaled 284 career tackles, including 2 sacks and 9 TFLs, along with 12 INTs, 31 PBUs, 7 forced fumbles, 7 fumble recoveries and 3 blocked punts… Earned All-America honors and named first-team all-Sun Belt as a senior after moving to starting free safety for the second half of the campaign after playing strictly at CB previously… Secondteam all-Sun Belt as a junior… Majored in health and physical education.
PERSONAL: Two-time all-district 8-5A and all-area team selection at Copperas Cove (TX) High School… Named to Super Cen-Tex team by the Austin American-Statesman… All-state Class 5A honorable mention… Named Bears nominee for NFL's Walter Payton "Man of the Year" award in 2007 and 2011… One of three finalists for the NFL's Walter Payton "Man of the Year" award in 2011… Shifted focus of his foundation, Charles Tillman's Cornerstone Foundation founded in 2005, to improve the lives of critically and chronically ill children throughout greater Chicago by providing daily support and life-changing experiences… Born in Chicago and attended kindergarten at Horace Mann Elementary on the South Side… Parents are native Chicagoans Arbria and Donald Tillman… The son of an Army sergeant, he attended 11 schools from kindergarten to 12th grade… He and wife, Jackie, have 3 daughters and a son.
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Inside The Bears host Anthony Adams sits with Charles Tillman to discuss the Walter Payton Man of the Year award.
Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman is reduced to tears after being named the 2014 Walter Payton Man of the Year.
Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman knows first hand the struggles of raising children with very special needs. After his daughter went through a life-threatening ordeal Tillman created the Cornerstone Foundation to help families going through similar struggles.