Jan 31, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Carolina Panthers outside linebacker Thomas Davis (left), Arizona Cardinals kicker Jay Feely (center) and Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman are named finalists for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award at a press conference at Rose Theater. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Charles Tillman wins Walter Payton Man of the Year


Charles “Peanut” Tillman’s career with the Chicago Bears may be over, but he’ll walk away with an award named after one of the greatest Bears running backs of all time. The Walter Payton Man of the Year award recognizes individuals who give back to their community.

Three finalists were named for this award, including the future Hall of Fame corner. Carolina Panthers outside linebacker Thomas Davis and Arizona Cardinals kicker Jay Feely did an amazing job giving back and helping those who are in need. This was Tillman’s second time as a finalist for the award, but the first time he’s ever walked away with such a great honor. The free agent corner is the fifth Chicago Bear to win this award, something Charles will forever be grateful for.

He’s been through a lot over the last decade, especially when it comes to going through something a parent should never have to. When Tillman’s daughter was little, she needed a heart transplant. It forced him to leave practice and immediately rush to the hospital. Teammates at the time stayed with him during his daughter’s procedure, which went well.

His foundation provides opportunities and resources to children along with their families who are in need. The foundation was founded in 2005, three years before his daughter Tiana was born and it’s helped the lives of at least a million children in the area.

Congratulations to Charles and his Cornerstone foundation.

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