Chicago Sports: 10 athletes who looked odd in different uniforms

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7. Charles Tillman

Charles Tillman played for the Bears from 2003 to 2014. After Tillman and the Bears couldn’t agree with terms, Tillman decided to test the free-agent market at 34 to continue playing football.

Tillman ended up signing with the Carolina Panthers. This move helped the Panthers’ defense improve, as they went all the way to the Super Bowl, to lose to Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Yes, Manning not playing with the Colts was weird too.

Both of his Super Bowl losses were to a Manning-led football team.

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Tillman was born in Chicago, so being drafted by the Bears was a dream come true for the future Hall of Famer.

Tillman was one of the best players of his generation. He forced 42 fumbles in 168 games. He intercepted 38 passes and had nine touchdowns between the two stats. He had 930 career tackles with three of them being sacks.

He was apart of some of the best defenses in Bears history. Sadly, he was 0-2 in the Super Bowl, losing in 2006 and 2015.

When Tillman left the Bears, I was upset, to say the least. He was one of my favorite players growing up. Some of the moves the Bears made after firing Lovie Smith helped me understand that football is a business.

Now, Tillman has started a new career. Most athletes remain apart of the game, Tillman has stirred away from that. He works for the FBI, something that only the smartest people can do. So, not only was he an NFL ‘future’ Hall of Famer, he’s an FBI agent. Not a bad life for the guy.