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Charles Tillman: Only football gets players into football shape

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For all the talk about how different NFL players are taking different approaches to staying in shape during the lockout, Bears cornerback Charles Tillman says there’s simply no substitute for minicamps, organized team activities and training camp.

Tillman doesn’t dismiss the importance of players working out on their own, and he says he’s been working hard over the last few months. But Tillman says there’s a difference between being in shape and being in football shape.

“I don’t care who you are, I think the only way to get in football shape is to do football things with the team,” Tillman said, per Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune. “I can run like I’m Forrest Gump from one coast to the next, but if I don’t do drills that pertain to football, I’m not going to be in football shape. The first day back, even guys who have been working out, it will be a little tough for them just because of the pace we go at. It’s so much faster.”

Tillman said he’s doing his best to stay in football shape by doing football-specific drills at a San Diego training facility where several other NFL players are working out as well. But he said even that isn’t quite the same as being with a full roster of teammates and a full staff of coaches at organized team activities.

So players won’t really be in football shape until they can get back to their football teams. And if the lockout lasts long enough that training camps are scrapped, we may see what regular-season games look like with players who aren’t in football shape.

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9 Responses to “Charles Tillman: Only football gets players into football shape”
  1. randolph32 says: May 26, 2011 10:28 AM

    Nice mug shot Peanut….

  2. orangeflh says: May 26, 2011 10:53 AM

    Tell that to Greg Jennings, Peanut… if you ever manage to get anywhere near him.

    Blahahahaha1

  3. griblets says: May 26, 2011 11:01 AM

    Doesn’t this seem like a perfect opportunity for former/unemployed coaches to make a few bucks by organizing camps for players that want to stay in “football shape?”

  4. myeaglescantwin says: May 26, 2011 12:09 PM

    false.

    the biggest part is being able to go balls out for 4-7 hours a day.

    one of the biggest parts of ‘football shape’ is getting used to training with the helmet and should pads on. weight vest and other gear like that cannot replicate that feeling.

    before you blast me, i work closely with professional athletes and a few we are training with are working out in full pads.

  5. rotramel14 says: May 26, 2011 12:13 PM

    orangeflh says: May 26, 2011 10:53 AM

    Tell that to Greg Jennings, Peanut… if you ever manage to get anywhere near him.

    if you watched the game you would’ve known that he didn’t cover Jennings, Tim Jennings did.

  6. Admin says: May 26, 2011 12:29 PM

    Feel like it’d be relevant to put this up… enjoy.

    http://highwaythirtyfive.wordpress.com/2010/11/08/mom-goes-crazy-at-football-game/

  7. darthhitman says: May 26, 2011 12:30 PM

    Well, if they were to talk to those that cover Calvin Johnson they would have 2-3 mics up there and it wouldn’t be just 3 Peanuts…it would take Chicago 3 Peanuts AND a Garfield

  8. wtfchiefs says: May 26, 2011 1:51 PM

    Am i the only one who thinks he looks completely baked in that photo?

  9. orangeflh says: May 26, 2011 3:56 PM

    rotramel14 says:
    May 26, 2011 12:13 PM
    orangeflh says: May 26, 2011 10:53 AM

    Tell that to Greg Jennings, Peanut… if you ever manage to get anywhere near him.

    if you watched the game you would’ve known that he didn’t cover Jennings, Tim Jennings did.
    _____________________________

    I was talking about going forward. You see, “if you ever” is in the future tense.

    That’s the problem with you Bears fans… you just can’t seem to get out of the past. Go ahead now and tell me all about 1985. I haven’t heard a Bears fan pathetically clinging to that story in at least a week now.

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