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Long-time Lions nemesis Charles Tillman announces retirement

The former Bears cornerback ended his prestigious career on Monday.

Chicago Bears v Detroit Lions Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Charles Tillman has long been a thorn in the Detroit Lions side. In his 12 years as a cornerback for the Chicago Bears, Tillman constantly terrorized the Lions offense. Against the Lions alone, Tillman scored three defensive touchdowns in his career. But after 13 years in the NFL and two Pro Bowl appearances, Tillman has decided to retire and literally hang up his cleats:

Tillman’s career is full of accolades. He finishes his NFL career with 38 career interceptions, eight pick sixes (seventh most all-time) and perhaps most-notably 44 forced fumbles.

But Tillman seemed to do his best work against the Lions. Tillman had more interceptions (five), touchdowns (three) and tackles (48) against the Lions than against any other team in the NFL. His big plays also always seemed to come at the biggest moments as well. He once pick-sixed Jeff Garcia for an overtime win in 2005. At his best, he was one of very few cornerbacks who could shut down Calvin Johnson for a week.

And Tillman did it all while being one of the best people in the NFL. In 2014, Tillman was awarded the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award for his countless achievements off the field. His Cornerstone Foundation raised over $1 million for at-risk families in the Chicago area. He once donated iPads, computers and DVD players to a Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge.

Congratulation to Tillman on a wonderful career and good luck in retirement.

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