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Former Bears Cornerback Charles Tillman Is Training to Join FBI
Longtime Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman got a pretty sweet gig after retiring in 2015, signing on with Fox to be a part of the “Fox NFL Kickoff” crew. However, serving as a studio analyst apparently did not leave Tillman feeling fulfilled. So now he’s embarking on a brand new career.
According to a report from Chicago Tribune, Tillman is currently training to join the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI couldn’t officially confirm this, of course, as they are not allowed to comment on personnel matters. But one “high-ranking law enforcement source” did confirm it off the record, as did former Bears coach Dave Wannstedt.
“First-class,” Wannstedt told the Tribune. “What a guy. Charles Tillman is as good as they come and I had a great time working with him.”
While this news may come as a shock to casual sports fans, it probably wasn’t much of a surprise to people who know Tillman well.
Tillman, who was widely considered one of the smartest players in the NFL during his playing days, earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal science from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette prior to being drafted by the Bears in 2003. He also comes from a military family. His dad, Donald Tillman Jr., was sergeant in the United States Army.
Needless to say, Tillman is not pursuing a career in the FBI because he needs the money. The Bears great earned a little over $50 million during his 13-year NFL career. He also won the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2013 in recognition of his charitable endeavors.
At 36 years old and turning 37 in February, Tillman’s decision to join the FBI comes in just under the wire. The FBI requires new recruits to be at least 23 years old and no older than 36 at time of appointment.