On Sunday night, fans saw Bears starting defensive back, Charles Tillman, crying on the sidelines, out of the game with an injury. Today we learned the reason why he was crying.
The Bears announced that Tillman was placed on the season-ending injury reserve with his second consecutive torn triceps injury in two seasons. Unable to place him on the IR-return due to league rules that prohibit teams from assigning it twice, and it was already used on receiver Marquess Wilson, Tillman's season, and possibly his career, is over.
Tillman, aka "Peanut", has had a great 11 year career since being drafted by the Bears in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft. The 35th pick out of Louisiana-Lafayette was a two time Pro Bowl selection, the 2013 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award winner, is tied for team career interceptions (36) and holds the franchise record of defensive touchdowns with 8.
Playing on a one year contract, and on the heels of a second season ending injury, this might be the end of Tillman's great career, one that every player and fan should be proud of and celebrate. But more importantly, he was a great person, and that's what makes him even more impressive.