It’s been a long time since the Chicago Bears had a really good team. While 2018 was a fun year, most remember the teams from 2005 to 2010 as the last truly great era of football in Chicago. Those were rosters filled with a lot of great talent. Not to mention teammates who loved each other. Even to this day, that admiration shines through. Even on national television courtesy of Greg Olsen.
The former Bears tight end was part of the broadcast team that dubbed the big AFC showdown between the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots on Saturday Night Football. It came in the 3rd quarter. With the Patriots trailing 20-0, running back Rhamondre Stevenson took a handoff down the middle. He was met by Colts linebacker Darius Leonard, who promptly knocked the ball out. An excited Olsen immediately gave a shoutout to longtime teammate Charles Tillman.
Someone Leonard modeled his game on.
This is true. The Peanut Punch has become a mainstay of defensive football in the NFL over the past decade. Tillman is the man directly responsible for that. He changed the game. This is why many people think he should be in the Hall of Fame. The man was one of the top corners in the NFL for most of the 2000s and early 2010. Opponents were afraid of him when they played against the Bears. Peanut also had a response to Olsen’s shoutout.
— Charles Tillman (@peanuttillman) December 19, 2021
Greg Olsen made sure to remind everyone how great Tillman was. Not to mention how influential. Defensive backs focused almost as much on the ball when making tackles before coming into the league. When did teams see when the Bears star was doing almost every week? They started coaching guys to do the same. It’s kind of shocked that Bears defenders don’t do it as often as they should. If any organization should have continued the tradition, it would be Chicago.
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