Former Panthers player turned FBI Agent
Former Carolina Panthers defensive back Charles Tillman is now working for the FBI…
Charles Tillman spent only one of his 13 years in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers but it was memorable none the less. Tillman helped to anchor a defensive secondary that allowed the Panthers defensive unit to finish sixth in the league.
Carolina had one of their most memorable seasons to date, winning 15 regular season games on their way to Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco. Tillman unfortunately tore his ACL in the regular season finale against Tampa Bay but his leadership and sideline presence was felt throughout the playoffs.
Tillman made such an impact that he was brought back after Carolina drafted three rookie corners in 2016 to help teach some of his lessons learned from an extensive NFL career with the newcomers. 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.
While no full-time coaching position transpired, Tillman had another career path in mind and has been working toward becoming an agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). According to a Sporting News report, Tillman has succeeded.
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Tillman graduated from the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia just prior to his 37th birthday which takes place on February 23. Under time constraints, as new agents must now be hired before turning 37, Tillman received his badge just in time.
The former member of the Panthers spent his first 12 years with the Chicago Bears after being drafted in the second-round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He expressed interest in working with law enforcement and would train with officers during the offseason throughout his career.
Both former teammate Josh Norman and one of the rookies whom he helped coach, Daryl Worley, share an affinity for the comic book character Batman. The philanthropist Bruce Wayne by day and masked crime fighting legend by night serving to protect Gotham City, both are likely jealous of Tillman’s new role.
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He’s achieved real-life Batman status, now protecting America from crime on a daily basis.