Tillman reportedly was accepted into the FBI, something he was training for last summer. The Sporting News, citing a source, said Tillman graduated from the FBI’s training academy in Quantico, Va., has his badge and is working for the FBI. Tillman earned a criminal justice degree at Louisiana-Lafayette and shortly after his NFL retirement he started to pursue a career with the FBI.
The FBI wouldn’t comment to the Sporting News about Tillman, because it wants to protect the privacy of its officers. It won’t be easy for Tillman to just blend in, considering he was one of the NFL’s best cornerbacks for 13 seasons, 12 with the Bears and a final one with the Carolina Panthers. Tillman made a couple of Pro Bowls and was named All-Pro once.
Former NFL player Charles Tillman
Former NFL player Charles Tillman
CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 09: Charles Tillman #33 of the Chicago Bears against the Carolina Panthers during a preseason NFL game at Bank of America Stadium on August 9, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers won 24-17. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 08: Charles Tillman #33 of the Chicago Bears talks with teammates on the bench during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Soldier Field on September 8, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Bengals 24-21. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL- OCTOBER 22: Charles Tillman #33 of the Chicago Bears reacts after the Bears recovered a fumble against the Detroit Lions in the third quarter on October 22, 2012 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
NFC cornerback Charles Tillman of the Chicago Bears runs with the ball during warm-up before the NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii January 29, 2012. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: (L-R) Finalists Thomas Davis of the Carolina Panthers, Jay Feely of the Arizona Cardinals and Charles Tillman of the Chicago Bears pose during the Super Bowl XLVIII NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year Award press conference at the Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center on January 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 01: Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman wins the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year at the 3rd Annual NFL Honors at Radio City Music Hall on February 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 01: Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (L) wins the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year at the 3rd Annual NFL Honors at Radio City Music Hall on February 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
Chicago Bears Charles Tillman wipes his eye after accepting the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award during the NFL Honors award show in New York February 1, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL ENTERTAINMENT)
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 08: Charles Tillman #33 of the Chicago Bears stands on the sidelines during a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Soldier Field on August 8, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Eagles 34-28. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: Charles Tillman #33 of the Chicago Bears awaits the start of play against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field on October 22, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 13-7. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 28, 2014: Quarterback Rex Grossman #3 of the Cleveland Browns talks with cornerback Charles Tillman #33 of the Chicago Bears after a preseason game on August 28, 2014 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won 33-13. Grossman and Tillman were teammates in Chicago from 2004 to 2008. (Photo by: Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
Carolina Panthers cornerback Charles Tillman walks to practice at Wofford College on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 in Spartanburg, S.C. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/TNS via Getty Images)
The Carolina Panthers' Charles Tillman tries to break up a pass to the New England Patriots' Aaron Dobson (17) during the first half of a preseason game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. (David T. Foster III/Charlotte Observer/TNS via Getty Images)
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Tillman has always made an impact off the field. He is a Walter Payton Man of the Year award winner for his charitable works. Tillman started his post-playing career by spending some time as an analyst for Fox, but apparently he wanted to do something more. FBI agents have to be younger than 37 years old at time of appointment, and Tillman turned 37 years old on Friday. He got in just in time.
Many former NFL players struggle with what to do once they can’t play anymore. Tillman seems to have found the right fit.