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Panthers’ CB Charles Tillman rehabbing well, raffling Super Bowl tickets

Carolina Panthers cornerback Charles Tillman on the sidelines as the team warms up before the Jan. 24 game against the Arizona Cardinals at Bank of America Stadium.
Carolina Panthers cornerback Charles Tillman on the sidelines as the team warms up before the Jan. 24 game against the Arizona Cardinals at Bank of America Stadium. The Charlotte Observer

Carolina Panthers cornerback Charles Tillman is in good spirits and looking forward to the Super Bowl, though a torn ACL means he’ll be cheering from the sidelines.

Ahead of the big game in Santa Clara, Calif., “Peanut,” as he’s called, is raffling off an all-expenses paid trip, including airfare, two nights in a hotel and two tickets to the Feb. 7 final matchup in Levi’s Stadium, where the Panthers face the Denver Broncos.

The entry deadline is noon on Feb. 4. Proceeds benefit Tillman’s foundation’s Tiana Fund, which launches in Charlotte Feb. 1 and will provide financial assistance to families in need with children at the Levine Children’s Hospital.

Tillman said at Bank of America Stadium this week that he’s disappointed he won’t be out playing with the rest of his team in California. But he’s excited to see what they do.

“It’s kind of like taking the leashes off and letting them go wild on Sunday and seeing what we can do. It’s a beautiful thing,” Tillman said.

“I’m a Cam Newton fan, I’m a Thomas Davis fan, I’m a Luke Kuechly fan,” he continued. “I’m a fan of these guys, and I have the best seat in the house.”

After partially tearing his ACL in November, Tillman re-injured his knee in the Panthers’ last regular season game against Tampa Bay in early January. Tillman’s just over two weeks into rehab, and said he’s feeling good, lifting and attending meetings with the team.

Sleeping is uncomfortable, though. So Peanut’s turned to TV binge-watching when he can’t. He just started HBO’s The Wire – and is a fan already of the show’s stick-up man Omar – and has also gotten through Marco Polo, Jessica Jones, Making a Murderer and Narcos.

“Hi, I’m Charles, I’m an addict. I’m addicted to Netflix.”

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta

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