ESPN Former NFL All-Pro cornerback Charles Tillman is training to become an FBI agent, sources confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday evening. The Chicago Tribune first reported the news. According to multiple ESPN sources, Tillman is currently at the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Tillman, 36, earned a criminal justice degree from Louisiana-Lafayette. His father, Donald Tillman Jr., was a sergeant in the Army. Tillman’s interest in possibly joining the FBI after football dates back to his playing career, during which Tillman — according to another source — occasionally observed and worked alongside law enforcement officials during offseasons. One of the greatest defensive backs in Bears history, Tillman played 12 seasons with Chicago, earning two Pro Bowl nods and being named the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2013. He also won the NFL’s Salute to Service award in 2012.
Many NFL players struggle as they transition from a football roster to the second phase of their life, if they were lucky enough to have a “long” career they are in their mid-30’s, and now they are still young with plenty of money but no discernible skill to make more money which would allow them to continue to live their lavish lifestyle. Not former Chicago Bears All-Pro cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman, he is training to join the FBI, where he can put his criminal justice degree from Louisiana-Lafayette to good use. Charles “Peanut” Tillman will be a real life James Bond, or one of the guys from Criminal Minds tracking down serial killers, which is an awesome second career for a former NFL star.