Baby on way, but Bears corner Tillman to play vs. Texans
Chicago, IL, United States (4E Sports) – Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman has announced that he will see action against the Houston Texans Sunday, saying his wife will deliver their fourth child Monday.
“God, family, football… Baby is coming Monday don’t worry I’ll be there Sunday,” Tillman tweeted to the account of ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike In The Morning”.
The NFC North-leading Bears (7-1) eye their seventh straight victory against the AFC South-best Texans (7-1), who are on a two-game winning run.
To have a chance against the Texans, the Bears need Tillman’s defense. He is having one of his best seasons with seven forced fumbles, two interceptions and two touchdowns.
The NFC defensive player of the month for October, Tillman is tied with teammate Lance Briggs for the NFL lead with two interceptions returned for touchdowns this season while the Bears have seven as a team.
Tillman created uproar Wednesday when he said in a radio interview that “this baby can stay in until after the game on Sunday. I hope she stays in — I’m having another girl.”
After Wednesday’s practice, Tillman downplayed the possibility of missing the game against the Texans.
“Man, you all are looking too much into that right now,” said Tillman, who has two daughters and a son. “Next question. You all are looking way too much into that.”
“At the end of the day, (family is) all you have,” Tillman added. “This game is important to me, but after what we went through with my middle child (Tiana), to me football will always be second or third in my life.”
Tillman’s second child Tiana was born with a form of cardiomyopathy, a weakening of the heart and its pumping system that required a heart transplant in 2008.
“That was a great lesson learned to teach me that when I’m done playing football my family will still always be there for me,” the cornerback said.