COPPERAS COVE — Chicago Bears cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman is hoping for a good season after missing the last six games of 2013 with an injury.
“I am looking forward to the season,” he said while visiting his home town, Copperas Cove. “I am ready to win a championship.”
Tillman has a career total of 892 tackles. He also has 33 interceptions and 39 forced fumbles. He also holds the Bears’s franchise record for most defensive touchdowns, (9) and interception returns for touchdowns (8).
The Bears offseason program is scheduled to start April 22, and Tillman has been taking it “slow and steady” until the team starts, he said.
With the Copperas Cove Bulldawgs starting spring drills in about 18 days, Tillman offered some advice to the young athletes.
“Coach (Jack) Welch ran his program like a college,” Tillman said. “It put me light years ahead of the others.”
Young Bulldawgs should listen and learn from their coaches and teachers, Tillman said. But also they should have fun playing the sport.
“Embrace (the learning), you are young and don’t know anything,” he said. “Sit back and listen and learn. Be a sponge.”
A lot of what Tillman learned at Copperas Cove High School still helps him make decisions today, he said.
While playing for Cove from 1996-98, Tillman played wide receiver. Tillman was a two-time All-District 8-5A and all-area team honoree.
After high school, Tillman went to Louisiana-Lafayette where he started playing cornerback.