For the second time in three seasons, Charles Tillman was named a finalist for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.
Tillman had a tough season with the Bears, sustaining an injury that caused him to miss half the season. He played in just eight games, recording 33 tackles and intercepting three passes.
The Walter Payton Man of the Year Award recognizes players who excel on the field and contribute with service off it. Payton, a Bears legend, won the Man of the Year Award in 1977. It was named for him after his death 20 years later.
Including Payton, four Bears have won the award: Payton (1977), Dave Duerson (1987), Mike Singletary (1990) and Jim Flanigan (2000).
The other two finalists are Cardianls kicker Jay Feely and Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis. The winner will be announced Feb. 1.