Part one of Comcast SportsNet's Inside Look: Charles Tillman - 8/3
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We. Inside look please anybody Cadillac. The leader of the Chicago Bears defensive that field. Pulls no punches. Charles peanut Tillman I have the same approach here and just. Had a career. There will be better action if you were great -- to be better image as an all pro cornerback. Humans and to earning the respect to the opposing teams. Is his dangerous that were attacking the football what I tried. I'm still in our thoughts they're here. Once the ball up off the field he was inspired by that critical time. A person. Race fouls at the hospital and in here. You know I'm just focused on -- Using his football success. I would -- lives of others and. They all have a story they all have a story now have a voice inside look Charles Tillman. Next. Hello and welcome to inside look on -- -- They nicknamed peanut isn't exactly what you would expect from a fierce competitor like Charles Tillman. There's a Pro Bowl quarterback he has the full respect to the football world he's emerged from being a standout at Louisiana Lafayette. To being a staple of the bears' defense and a potential hall of Famer. But Tillman has an identity beyond creating big plays on the field. He's also a tireless humanitarian. In his community work is earned national acclaim and awards. It's all inspired by his family and in particular he's now five year old daughter Tina. -- shows you establish the cornerstone foundation. In 2005. And -- kind of already established yourself. As an athlete given back to the community but to take expect to. That three month stretch Beckham in 2008 win you got called out of practice and you found out what was going on with Tiant and and how that changed your priorities and -- to change the focus of the foundation. Yeah. Was in practice coach who -- -- and champion -- hospital and I go home team life we go to went force hospital -- some -- this -- sick. They fired down to children's. To some follow and the foremost -- house watching their receivers -- So. -- -- -- We were doing a preview with the foundation. When she -- seek. We decide to switch the mission statement of the foundation. To. Two chronicling critically ill children and since then you know since we changed the mission statement it's been his finger. Can give her tightly -- party on my apathy before what -- after young not never heard of never heard of it. This kind of little things that. You know since I've heard others and she was diagnosed with it I hear about it more often and it's actually pretty common factor for for kids to have. And you've been emphasizing ever since the importance of organ donation. Did you ever. You learn about what would be. Donating. Person -- what their story was that saved your daughter's life. And then in the beginning no aegis to your phone call the doctor says hey you know we have then we have -- you come -- some paperwork. And initially go on the flight a year maybe two years without knowing anything about family so you're right -- know her a letter and you essentially have trial letter come on now honestly so do letter my personal was like I'm not the football and do this and that good. They said that that was like now it's too much information so sky high you know I have a wife I have three kids. Your choice in my daughter's life. -- live on I'm in the midwest you know you can't be specific so. It was -- parlor right now and did you ever hear back from them -- know. No home. What happened was -- had a friend who worked for the though for show and it was her last season. And she contacted us and said do we want to be on the show to tell -- story. And we -- -- we don't know anything about the family. Is like trust me we're we've font family and it's it's Oprah she's got her team the best players so. She she count facilitated that that that's that that process and operas Tommy was actually no pitcher. Emotional two of them are very very -- McCain now it was. First -- -- them like the audience was you know there was an old. Free rehearsed third you know -- -- backstage they they hit us on purpose I mean they did a good job of getting. They did a good job getting a raw emotion I think -- out of doing today and and what was the difficulty separating. Football from from life during that time. She's good arms downstairs right now once and team -- -- I was just went and become a four months with not she's she's doing fine com football wise it was. I think. You know in in football you have to do especially corner. You know you gotta do the job of hitting the reset button you know whether or something good weather's so bad. You always have to hit the reset button and you know your mental toughness. The ability mutual missile command. That was something that I had to focus on and that was a good test for me to my house at the hospital and cared for all you know I just focused on my family and then. -- -- a full ball up all about team owner of the situation from time to time but it. Owls a football practice so it wasn't hard but it wasn't easy. It was man. Of the foundations mission if and -- goes the website says to provide opportunities. And resource the children and families in need your website says it's impacted. More than a million Chicago area children. How does that number. And how do the thing cues and the appreciation that that you received from that. How is how does that feeling compared to you know the good ball punch -- an interception. Or or a touchdown is that I mean it is they have lived there feeling good. I feel like I'm -- one person doing something there so the other. Greens. Foundations out there but we'd better in mine and and everybody has the story. You know -- I think I have an unfair advantage is because. I I used mostly read to my advantage to you to get the word about my foundation and there are out minute plane people who have. Far better stores and mine and they have their own foundation book because they're edges. John and Smith -- Jane Smith. You know they don't have that football status I don't have that football platform what advice would you give. -- some players come in the league. This thing about about getting involved in the community and in. And using the football vehicle if people would just say do something Nantz. Near near here our. You know we initially started now and we're education based in. It was. Up bottles -- we were doing some good gains and Chicago homes schools -- -- and attendance and things like that but when she got sick it just panels like. You know what hearts -- anymore this is this is where my passion. Is you know families in case things like so. I would really try to toe. Players. Com. For anyone start a foundation do something that that year your passion about.