Bears cornerback Charles Tillman impressed his in-laws, when he learned that he had made his first Pro Bowl Tuesday.
"It was a good time," he said. My parents were here, my in-laws, all my family was here, so yeah, it happened at the right time."
Tillman said he's thankful to his peers and coaches for voting him in.
"I don't think it's really about recognition but I do recognize that they think that I'm a good player. So that means a lot," he said. "It makes me feel good."
Of course, the selection is bittersweet.
"It definitely would've been nice to make the Pro Bowl, slash play in some postseason games," he said.
Tillman said he plans to take his entire family, although his oldest daughter expressed some concern.
"She was like, 'I don't want to go. They've got volcanoes in Hawaii.' She saw something on like one of these cartoon shows that had volcanoes," Tillman recalled. "I kind of had to explain to her that it was a cartoon. I think she'll be all right once she gets in the water."
Tillman, though, doesn't believe 2011 is his best season.