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Joe Boozell | NCAA.com | August 11, 2016

Tillman attends Illini practice with Lovie Smith

Lovie Smith and Charles Tillman share fond memories together in the state of Illinois.

Tillman, a former Chicago Bears cornerback, was a staple of Lovie Smith’s defense during his NFL stint. Tillman and Smith spent nine years together in the Windy City, reaching the Super Bowl in 2007.

Tillman visited his ex-coach at Illinois practice on Tuesday:

Master of the "ball punch," Tillman forced 44 fumbles in the NFL and is the Bears’ all-time leader in interceptions. Perhaps he can inspire the Illinois defense to force a few more turnovers in 2016.

UPDATE:

A few days later, the Illini are practicing what Peanut preached.

Watch below as Illinois defenders try their hand at the move that made Tillman an NFL great:

Opposing running backs and receivers: beware.

 

 

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