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Charles Tillman voted 34th best player in NFL

Bears cornerback Charles Tillman has been voted the 34th best player in the NFL in a poll of league players conducted by NFL Network.


Charles Tillman
The two-time Pro Bowler was featured on Thursday night's episode of "The Top 100 Players of 2013," which unveiled players ranked Nos. 31-40.

Last season Tillman became the first cornerback in Bears history to be voted to back-to-back Pro Bowls. He tied for the NFL lead with three interception return touchdowns and led the league with a career-high 10 forced fumbles, tied for the most since the NFL starting tracking the stat in 1991.

Tillman has now forced 39 fumbles in his career, the most by any player since he entered the league in 2003 with the Bears as a second-round draft pick out of Louisiana-Lafayette.

With his three interception return TDs, Tillman set the Bears career record for defensive touchdowns with nine, ahead of former safety Mike Brown (7) and linebacker Lance Briggs (6).

In October, Tillman and Briggs became the first teammates in NFL history to each return interceptions for touchdowns in back-to-back games. They helped the Bears score nine defensive TDs in 2012, one shy of the NFL record set by the 1961 Chargers.

Tillman is the fourth Bears player to be included on the NFL Network list of the top 100 players to this point, joining defensive end Julius Peppers (54th), cornerback Tim Jennings (69th) and Lance Briggs (83rd).

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