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Peanut Tillman Delivers Inspiring Message to New Bears Rookies


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Vince Carbonneau
May 12, 2024  (4:27 PM)
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Charles Tillman with the Bears
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Charles "Peanut" Tillman has become a regular presence at Halas Hall under Bears head coach Matt Eberflus, who makes it a point to introduce the incoming rookie class to this franchise icon. During a recent Thursday evening, the esteemed former cornerback addressed the new recruits as they prepared for their inaugural professional minicamp.

"He delivered a powerful speech," Eberflus commented. "He emphasized the importance of a champion's mindset and the keys to a lasting career, which boil down to consistent hard work and staying present."
Since his appointment in 2022, Eberflus has consistently invited Tillman to kick off the rookie minicamp each year. His aim is to bridge the illustrious history of the Bears with its promising future and to embed his H.I.T.S. philosophy deeply within the team culture. Few embody these ideals more fittingly than Tillman.
The H.I.T.S. program—an acronym for "hustle," "intensity," "taking and safeguarding the ball," and "smart, situational play"—mirrors the ethos that Tillman lived by during his remarkable 12-season tenure with the Bears. His record of 38 interceptions, 44 forced fumbles, and nine defensive touchdowns stands as a testament to his mastery of these principles.
Tillman's guidance for the rookies centered around the necessity of thorough preparation, fervent passion, and relentless perseverance to thrive in the NFL. Hearing these lessons from a coach is one thing, but receiving them from a seasoned veteran like Tillman carries a unique weight.
Following the rookie minicamp, the Bears are set to convene for their initial set of Organized Team Activities (OTAs) on May 20, 21, and 23.
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