Former Panthers CB Charles Tillman graduates from Federal Bureau of Investigation academy


Two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Tillman has graduated from the FBI's Training Academy and is now an agent, according to a published report. He began an intense training program a year ago and completed it before the deadline of Friday, with the Federal Bureau of Investigation requiring its agents to be younger than 37 before joining.

The FBI wouldn't comment to the Sporting News about Tillman, because it wants to protect the privacy of its officers. Prospective FBI candidates must be at least 23 years old, but younger than 37 at the time of appointment.

In an interview with Make It Better Magazine in July of 2016, Tillman spoke about his appreciation for law enforcement and his interest in helping out. Tillman, who is 36 now, will turn 37 on February 23.

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They might use the recruitment of such a high profile athlete as publicity or alternatively try to get him to fade into anonymity according to a source in the Sporting News' story. But, if he ever gives the "Peanut Punch" to a criminal, we can only hope that it's caught on video for all to enjoy. After spending most of his career with the Chicago Bears, the player finished his final season with the Carolina Panthers with 911 career tackles and 38 receptions.

Tillman graduated from college with a degree in criminal justice and often took up work with law enforcement officials during the offseason when he was in the National Football League and so the news is not a huge surprise.