Former Bears star cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman loved a particular weekend, highlighted by Saturday’s induction into the Louisiana Sports activities Corridor of Fame.
Earlier than he was chosen by the Bears within the second spherical of the 2003 draft, Tillman was a four-year starter on the College of Louisiana at Lafayette, the place he recorded 284 tackles, 12 interceptions, seven fumble recoveries and three blocked punts. He additionally excelled as a pupil, incomes a prison justice diploma in three and a half years.
“I’m extraordinarily grateful and honored to symbolize the state of Louisiana and be part of a distinguished group of people,” Tillman instructed ChicagoBears.com.
Tillman is a part of the Louisiana Sports activities Corridor of Fame’s Class of 2020, which was lastly enshrined Saturday after its ceremonies have been delayed one yr as a consequence of COVID-19. Different members of the category embody former NBA participant Kerry Kittles, sportscaster Tim Brando and longtime member of the Harlem Globetrotters “Candy Lou” Dunbar.
The Louisiana Sports activities Corridor of Fame was based in 1958 and has been situated within the downtown historic district of Natchitoches, La., since 2013. Its 256 members embody Professional Soccer Corridor of Famers Terry Bradshaw, Peyton Manning, Marshall Faulk and former Bears basic supervisor Jim Finks, in addition to former Bears gamers Ken Kavanaugh, Richie Petitbon and Roosevelt Taylor.
Tillman was beforehand inducted into the College of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Corridor of Fame in 2012 and had his No. 5 jersey retired in 2014 throughout a ceremony at halftime of a Rajun’ Cajuns recreation in opposition to Appalachian State.
“I am in love with my college,” Tillman stated at Saturday’s induction ceremony on the Natchitoches Occasions Heart. “I like what they do. They gave me a possibility to showcase my expertise. I wasn’t extremely recruited out of highschool. I do not know why. One way or the other I acquired on UL’s checklist and I had 4 wonderful years, and I am simply attempting to be an envoy for the College of Louisiana.”
Tillman attended Saturday evening’s ceremony together with his spouse, Jackie, and their 4 kids. He participated in different occasions this previous weekend in Louisiana with the remainder of the Class of 2020 that included a youth sports activities camp and a bowling outing.