Published: Sun, February 25, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Ex-Bears CB Charles Tillman now an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent

Ex-Bears CB Charles Tillman now an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent

Charles Tillman during a game in 2011.

According to the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs, Tillman has successfully completed the steps necessary to graduate from the FBI's training academy.

A spokesman for the bureau told Sporting News that it does not comment on personnel matters, and Tillman's family couldn't be reached, but a source close to the situation said on the eve of Tillman's 37th birthday, "He is now working for the FBI. (He) has his badge and everything". Prospective FBI candidates must be at least 23 years old, but younger than 37 at the time of appointment. Tillman turned 37 on February 23, 2017.

"They will try to get him to fade to anonymity as much as they can", Widup said. "But I think at some point the Federal Bureau of Investigation will also use it as part of their recruiting policy, as in, 'Look who we got'".

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The FBI's training course is 20 weeks long and is held at its Quantico, Virginia headquarters.

Tillman played his first 12 seasons with the Chicago Bears, before spending his final season with the Carolina Panthers.

Before being drafted by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft, Tillman received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

During the mid-2000s, the Chicago Bears had a string of seasons where the team's defense was consistently among the NFL's best. His famous "Peanut Punch" technique has become a famous move for members of the secondary and an effective way to separate ball carriers from the football.

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