Charles “Peanut” Tillman played thirteen seasons in the NFL before retiring a couple days ago. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette cornerback was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft and played for them for 12 years before finishing his career with the Carolina Panthers last season. He’ll be remembered for the “Peanut Punch,” the way he would punch balls out of the hands of wide receivers, a skill that led him to two Pro Bowls and an appearance in Super Bowl XLI. He was also named Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2013.
Tilliman might also be remembered for the way he retired, via a hilarious YouTube video including his friends and family.
That’s not the last we’ll see of Tillman, apparently. The Big Lead is reporting that Peanut will be a host on the upcoming season of Fox NFL Kickoff. Tillman would join Colin Cowherd, Charissa Thompson and Dave Wannstedt on the program and is likely to be considered the replacement for Randy Moss, who left Fox for ESPN earlier this year.
Tillman hasn’t confirmed the new but he did respond coyly about his upcoming plans.
Not until next offseason… I have a couple of new jobs this football season
Considered the pre-pre-show, Fox NFL Kickoff airs before Fox’s main NFL pregame show from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET. According to Fox, the show averaged 1.2 million viewers, a 127% improvement from 2014 when it aired on FS1.