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The NFL cornerback who made the “Peanut Punch” famous during his career may be using that same move for his future career in law enforcement.

Longtime NFL cornerback and former Copperas Cove star Charles ‘Peanut’ Tillman is training to become an FBI agent, according to a report from Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. A spokesman for the FBI couldn’t comment to Biggs for the story.

Tillman played for the Chicago Bears for the majority of his 13-year NFL career, which included a stint with the Carolina Panthers in his final season in 2015. He was known for forcing turnovers and finished with an impressive 36 interceptions, eight defensive touchdowns, and 42 forced fumbles over his career. He retired in 2016 and had been working for Fox Sports as an NFL analyst.

His decision to join the law enforcement ranks may be influenced from his life growing up in a military family. His father was a sergeant in the Army and he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

Biggs also points out an important aspect in the timing of this decision. The FBI mandates that prospective candidates to become agents must be at least 23 years old and younger than 37 years old at the time of appointment. Tillman will turn 37 in February.

The former Copperas Cove standout was a special talent to watch throughout his football career. Now, it appears that the FBI will be getting a new talented agent as well.

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