Tillman spent the first 12 years of his career with the Chicago Bears after the team drafted him in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft. This is where the player nicknamed 'Peanut' developed the 'Peanut Punch', which referenced his incredible ability to force fumbles with 44 career fumbles. Tillman shows off his Peanut Punch in his retirement video that he posted on Twitter and YouTube.
While with the Bears, Tillman had two Pro Bowl seasons in 2011 and 2012, was named First-team All-Pro in 2012 and earned the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award in 2013.
However, his final two seasons with the Bears was injury riddled and he was only able to play 10 games from 2013 and 2014.
The veteran cornerback bounced back last year in his first season with the Panthers and finished with 55 tackles, two forced fumbles and two interceptions. Once again he suffered an injury that cut his season short, this time a torn ACL, that has seemingly ended an excellent career.
It didn't appear that retirement was an option for Tillman this offseason. He even said just last month that he was working towards returning but if he was able to come back, he only wanted to play for the Panthers.