Bears defensive back Charles Tillman is one of three finalists for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award the NFL announced on Sunday.
The other finalists are Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk and San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. The winner will be announced before Super Bowl XLVI live on NBC on Feb. 5.
In 2005, the longtime Bear created the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation which has impacted over one million Chicago-area children and raised over 1.2 million, according to Chicagobears.com.
Its an extreme honor to be a finalist, Tillman told Chicagobears.com via telephone from Hawaii. In my eyes, all the guys who are nominated should get an award.
The foundation began by providing children with educational opportunities and resources to excel in the classroom. However, in 2008, when Tillman's three-month-old daughter, Tiana, was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy and received a heart transplant, the foundation changed it's mission and now works to improve the lives of critically and chronically ill children throughout the Chicago area by providing support and life-changing experiences.
One of Tillman's most successful programs is "Charles' Lockers," which provides children and families with notebook computers, DVD players, digital cameras and MP3 players while they undergo treatment.
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Nathan Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh
6'2" | 226 lbs.
2,885 YDS, 60.5 CMP%, 27 TD, 7 INT, 163.4 QBR | 72 CAR, 286 YDS, 3 TD
"Peterman's experience in a pro-style passing attack gives him a head start headed into the league. His physical attributes are just average, but his accuracy, composure and anticipation are what sets him apart from some of the more physically gifted quarterbacks in this year's draft. Peterman's tape is sure to catch the eye of at least a few teams in need of a quarterback and he should come off the board by day two with a chance to become a solid starting quarterback in the future." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
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