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Behind The Rage – Charles Tillman [Video]

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Former Ragin’ Cajun cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman is entering his 14th season in the NFL, all with the Chicago Bears. Peanut is the only player with 30 forced fumbles and 30+ interceptions since he joined the league in 2003. He’s played in two Pro-Bowls, been recognized as an All-Pro, played in a Super Bowl, and was recently awarded the Walker Payton NFL Man Of The Year award for his volunteer and charity work, as well as his superb play on the field.

Peanut has always held the University of Louisiana close to his heart, and recently gave the commencement speech 10 days ago to the graduated students at UL.

“It was probably one of the best life lessons I’ve ever learned,” Tillman told the new graduates. “We were given a task to memorize a mantra, and I live my life by this mantra. Basically it goes like this: Learning is the beginning of health, wealth, future and fortune. You can multiply your life by two, by four, by five, by 10 if you don’t neglect to learn.

“I take great pride in knowing that I try to learn something every year that I’m in the NFL. And what I take from that phrase or quote is that I don’t care how old you are, you can always learn something new. I’m 33 years old and I’m in graduate school right now. I’m always trying to learn something new and I inspire you guys to do the same.”

Darren Walker (video program coordinator for the UL Athletic Department) and his staff produced this fantastic insider look at Tillman, as Charles shares stories of his time at UL, and how he lives his life. It was released early last week and gives an inside perspective on what makes Peanut tick.


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