Former Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Tillman has graduated from the FBI’s Training Academy in Quantico, Va., and is now an agent, Sporting News has learned.
The 13-year NFL veteran entered the 20-week program last year, as first reported by the Chicago Tribune, and had until his 37th birthday (Feb. 23, 2018) to earn his badge due to a stipulation that a new agent must be appointed before he or she reaches that age.
A spokesman for the bureau told Sporting News that it does not comment on personnel matters, and Tillman’s family couldn’t be reached, but a source close to the situation said on the eve of Tillman’s 37th birthday, “He is currently working for the FBI. (He) has his badge and everything.”
Charles Tillman spent the first 12 years of his NFL career in Chicago, making first-team All Pro in 2012 and helping the Bears reach Super Bowl 41, which they lost 29-17 to Peyton Manning and the Colts. He spent his final NFL season with the Panthers but suffered an ACL tear in the 2015 regular-season finale. That injury ultimately led to him missing out on a chance to face the Manning-led Broncos in Super Bowl 50, which Carolina lost 24-10.
Tillman finished that season with 55 tackles and two interceptions, giving him 911 and 38, respectively, for his career. The 2013 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year amassed 44 forced fumbles over 168 career games, using a technique that became known as the “Peanut Punch.”
The letter was addressed to Saundra Adams — Cherica Adams’ mother and the grandmother of Carruth’s son, Chancellor — who has raised the boy since his mother was killed in 1999.
In an interview with WBTV regarding the letter, Carruth apologized for his role in Adams’ death saying, “I’m apologizing for the loss of her daughter. I’m apologizing for the impairment of my son.
“I feel responsible for everything that happened. And I just want her to know that truly I am sorry for everything.”
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He also expressed regret for his actions and how they affected his son, who was born prematurely with cerebral palsy after his mother was shot four times by men hired by Carruth.
Saundra Adams has said that she and Chancellor will be there when Carruth is