Bears’ Charles Tillman: “I’ll be there Sunday”

By Gil Alcaraz IV
Charles Tillman

If he was forced to choose between football and family, Charles Tillman would pick the latter. Luckily for the Chicago Bears cornerback, he won’t have to make the decision.

Tillman was expected to miss the Bears’ upcoming game against the 7-1 Houston Texans this Sunday night due to the birth of his fourth child. Seeing as he has already proven over the past year that he’s a family man first and football player second, it wasn’t completely out of the blue that he’d put his profession on the backburner.

That, however, won’t be the case after all as Tillman announced on Thursday that the baby isn’t due until Monday, meaning that the Bears will be with their star cornerback when Sunday night rolls around.

“God, family, football,” Tillman said via Twitter. “Baby is coming Monday don’t worry I’ll be there Sunday.”

Tillman was inspired to start the Cornerstone Foundation after his daughter Tiana required a heart transplant. The foundation found immediate success, landing Tillman among the finalists for last year’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award. To think that he wouldn’t choose father over footballer seems like a not-so-smart decision.

All of his history as a thoughtful, passionate person makes it clear that Tillman is always willing to put family before football. That wall between work and personal life, however, didn’t have to be built this time around, which bodes well for the Bears and their chances against a high-powered Texans offense.

Tillman will help the Chicago secondary fend off Matt Schaub and Co. on Sunday, and then tend to more important matters on Monday. Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it, too?

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