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Charles Tillman named NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year

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Bears cornerback Charles Tillman is the 2013 recipient of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, the NFL announced on Saturday night.

The award recognizes a player’s contributions in the community and on the field.

Tillman’s “Cornerstone Foundation” is committed to helping ill and at-risk children through a variety of programs. The foundation’s “Tiana Fund” has distributed more than $1 million to families in need since its inception, according to the NFL.

Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis and Cardinals kicker Jay Feely were also finalists for the 2013 award.

The Man of the Year Award is named for Payton, the late Hall of Fame Bears running back. Tillman, 32, is the fifth Bears player to be honored with the award, with Payton (1977), the late Dave Duerson (1987), Mike Singletary (1990) and Jim Flanigan (2000) the others.

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16 Responses to “Charles Tillman named NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year”
  1. tokyosandblaster says: Feb 1, 2014 8:25 PM

    Much deserved. From a packer fan, who hates the bears (the packers’ only true rival), I respect this guy and his contributions to society.


  2. dwhcic says: Feb 1, 2014 8:30 PM

    Did you leave another recipient out, or is he the fourth?

  3. dwhcic says: Feb 1, 2014 8:32 PM

    Nevermind, i’m an idiot.

  4. blackandbluedivision says: Feb 1, 2014 8:33 PM

    Well done Peanut. Way to bring it home.

  5. f1restarter says: Feb 1, 2014 8:41 PM

    I thought Aaron Hernandez was a lock.

  6. 1pwrightt says: Feb 1, 2014 8:56 PM

    With all the bad you hear it is great to hear the good side. Well done Mr. Tillman.

  7. cubbybeers41 says: Feb 1, 2014 9:54 PM

    Well deserved for Peanut. I have meet the guy many times and he is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. You never hear any negatives about his character. Again well deserved. Way to bring Walter back home.

  8. hehateme1 says: Feb 1, 2014 10:11 PM

    Wonderful role model. He deserves it.

  9. miamisaint3255 says: Feb 1, 2014 10:22 PM

    Ragin Cajun

  10. wyrdawg says: Feb 1, 2014 11:44 PM

    Such a super human being. This is way too long in the making.

  11. imbetteratlifethanyou says: Feb 1, 2014 11:48 PM

    Shocking, no Viking has ever won this award.

  12. bearshaterseverywhere says: Feb 2, 2014 12:31 AM

    Best force fumble CB ever. Role model. Take notes Richard Sherman…..

    Well deserved, class act!! Long Live Peanut!

  13. chawk12thman says: Feb 2, 2014 12:41 AM

    Sorry that more awards aren’t given out……There are some really super good players (men) in the NFL. What a great award. Well Deserved and Congrats…….

  14. firerogergoodell says: Feb 2, 2014 3:52 AM

    C’mon Zimmer bring Peanut to Minnesota!

  15. punkyqb says: Feb 2, 2014 6:28 AM

    Was Richard Sherman’s name on the list??

  16. respectgsh says: Feb 3, 2014 10:30 AM

    Great job, Mr. Tillman! As for some of the other comments, well how about congratulating a good job by a fellow human without putting down another fellow human.

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