Chicago Bears: Ranking the top ten Chicago Bears of the 2000s

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2. Charles Tillman, DB (2003-2014)

Charles Tillman is another Bears’ name who very well could find himself in Canton, Ohio in the next few years. When asked who should join him in the Hall of Fame next, Urlacher included Tillman in his list (as well as Briggs, Kreutz, and Julius Peppers).

Drafted in the second round in 2003, “Peanut” was both a defensive leader as well as fan favorite. Known for his fumble-forcing “Peanut Punch,” Tillman holds numerous Bears franchise records including most interception yards, most interception touchdowns, and most forced fumbles. He was a defensive fixture for the Bears for many years.

Perhaps even more important than his on-field play was the amount of good that Tillman did off the field. Often seen around the community at various charitable functions, Tillman won the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2013.

Tillman is also a huge advocate for soldiers and veterans, as his father was in the U.S. Army. He has done numerous visits to active duty soldiers including visits to Kuwait and Iraq.

Tillman played a year with the Carolina Panthers before signing a one-day contract to retire with the Bears in 2016. He now spends his days as an FBI agent after receiving his badge. Yes, you read that right.