If Pro Bowl voters need a reminder of Charles Tillman's special season, they should fire up the Oct. 22 Bears game against the Detroit Lions.
In that game, Tillman was largely responsible for holding Calvin Johnson to a season-low 34 receiving yards.
That's mind-blowing since Johnson last Saturday broke Jerry Rice's single-season record for receiving yards. Against the Atlanta Falcons, Johnson had 11 catches for 225 yards, giving him 1,892 receiving yards on the season.
With 108 yards in the finale against the Bears, Johnson could become the first receiver in NFL history to top 2,000 yards.
"I just have to worry about my game," Tillman said. "I can't worry about him breaking records or anything."
But Tillman said he watched Johnson's performance against the Falcons.
"He is, hands down, the best receiver. It was great to see him break that record last week," Tillman said. "I was happy for him. It was good for the sport.
"Records are made to be broken."
So can Tillman prevent Johnson from breaking the record?
"Even if he didn't need 108 yards, my mindset would be hold him to as few yards as possible, especially under 100 yards," Tillman said. "But it just so happens that he's chasing 2,000."