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Former Carolina Panther Charles Tillman is training to join the FBI

Carolina Panthers cornerback Charles Tillman, right, is congratulated by cornerback Bene Benwikere, left, after Tillman intercepted a pass meant for Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen during first quarter action at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC on Nov. 2, 2015. The Panthers defeated the Colts 29-26.
Carolina Panthers cornerback Charles Tillman, right, is congratulated by cornerback Bene Benwikere, left, after Tillman intercepted a pass meant for Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen during first quarter action at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC on Nov. 2, 2015. The Panthers defeated the Colts 29-26. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Former Carolina Panthers cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman is training to join the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Tillman helped Carolina to a 15-1 record and trip to Super Bowl 50 after the 2015 NFL season.

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This is a 2015 photo of Charles Tillman of the Carolina Panthers NFL football team. AP AP

He recently began his FBI training, the Tribune reported on Tuesday, citing a high-ranking law enforcement source and others with knowledge of his new career plans.

Known for his “Peanut Punch” that forced 44 career fumbles, Tillman posted a 3-minute video on Twitter of him knocking items out of the hands of friends, family and former teammates, the Observer reported when he announced his retirement from the NFL in July 2016.

A 13-year NFL veteran, Tillman spent his final season with the Panthers. He finished his career just two interceptions shy of becoming the only player in NFL history with at least 40 interceptions and 40 forced fumbles.

Tillman received the largest contract paid to a cornerback in Chicago Bears history when he signed a six-year, $40.55 million extension in 2007. That deal expired in 2013, and he re-signed for $3.25 million in 2014 before his final season with the Panthers, when he reunited with coach Ron Rivera on a one-year, $3.05 million deal.

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