Charles 'Peanut' Tillman announces retirement in hilarious must-see video
This might go down as the best retirement announcement of all-time
After 13 years in the NFL, Charles "Peanut" Tillman has decided to hang up his cleats. Literally.
The two-time Pro Bowler released a video Monday where he officially announced his retirement. In the video, the final scene shows Tillman hanging up his cleats.
The cornerback was rehabbing a surgically repaired ACL when he made the decision to retire. Tillman, who started 12 games for the Panthers in 2015, didn't get to take part in Carolina's Super Bowl run because he tore his ACL in a Week 17 win over the Buccaneers.
The ACL tear was the third serious injury that Tillman had suffered in four years. Tillman suffered a serious triceps injury while with the Bears in 2013 and was limited to just two games in 2014 after he re-injured it. Tillman missed a total of 26 games over the past three seasons.
In June, Tillman said that if he were going to come back, he needed to rehab for at least another two months before he could return to the field.
If he had been able to return in 2016, Tillman only wanted to play for the Panthers.
"That's the only team I really want to play for," Tillman told NOLA.com in June. "It's Carolina. It's a great group of men. ... A great group of coaches. The front-office guys are great. To me it was no surprise they were, or we were, 17-2."
Although Tillman spent the 2015 season in Carolina, that's not where he made his name. The 35-year-old spent the first 12 seasons of his career in Chicago. After the Bears made Tillman a second-round pick in 2003, the defensive back earned a starting spot in the Bears secondary almost right away.
Tillman started in at least 13 games during nine of his first 10 seasons with the Bears.
The cornerback finishes his career with eight pick-6's, which is tied for the seventh highest total in NFL history. Tillman had a knack for getting between offensive players and the football.
Leaders in forced fumbles by DBs since '03:— Gregg Rosenthal (@greggrosenthal) July 18, 2016
1. Charles Tillman: 44
2. Charles Woodson: 23
3. Roman Harper: 16
Tillman caused so many fumbles during his career that the "Peanut Punch" actually became a thing in Chicago.
The veteran played in one Super Bowl during his 13-year career, a 29-17 loss to the Colts after the 2006 season.
Tillman announced his retirement by posting a video to YouTube, and if the video's any indication, his family is probably going to beg him to return to the field in 2016. In the video, which you can see below, Tillman's post football career mostly involves doing the "Peanut Punch" on friends and family.
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