For the second consecutive year, the Bears will be sending a player to the Super Bowl as a finalist for the prestigious Walter Payton Man of the Year award.
Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Tillman was named one of three finalists and the winner will be announced Feb. 4, during a special prime-time, awards show on the NFL Network. Center Matt Birk of the Baltimore Ravens and quarterback Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers are the other two finalists.
"Well deserved. We are excited to have a finalist in back to back years," the Bears said in a statement. "It shows the players' commitment to being difference makers in their community as well as on the field."
Last year, defensive end Israel Idonije was a finalist but former Minnesota Vikings safety Madieu Williams won the award.
Tillman has distinguished himself with his Cornerstone Foundation.
After his daughter was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, Tillman and his wife Jackie shifted the focus of the foundation to help improve the lives of critically and chronically ill children.
Tillman appeared before Congress to lobby for FDA approval of the Berlin Heart, a device which helped save his daughter's life.
The device did receive approval.
Since the foundation was established in 2005, Tillman's foundation has raised more than $1.2 million. He and his wife have also supported other charities, and he participated in a USO Tour in 2010 and hosted youth football camps and visited hospitals in three different states.
Illinois Governor Quinn declared June 19, 2010 and July 24, 2011 "Charles Tillman Family Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Day."
Click here for a story I did earlier in the season on Tillman and his family.