Charles ‘Peanut’ Tillman spent 13 years in the NFL defending wide receivers, and after hanging his cleats up in 2016, he’s now turned to defending the United States.
The former pro-bowler and long-time Chicago Bear graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Training Academy in Quantico, Va., becoming an agent, according to Sporting News.
Tillman went through a rigorous 20-week program last year to earn his badge, having to wait until his 37th birthday, which came on Feb. 23, to officially be named an agent per FBI rules.
The corner, who graduated from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice before being drafted in 2003, was outspoken about supporting law enforcement throughout his career, even donating to police.
Beyond that, Tillman spent eight spent eight days on a USO tour visit with troops in Iraq and Kuwait (Chicago Tribune).
He was later selected as the winner of the NFL’s Salute to Service award in 2012.