SOUTH LOOP — Charles "Peanut" Tillman knows his career is nearing its end.
"I don't care where I'm playing [next year]," Tillman, a two-time Pro Bowler wrote in an email to DNAinfo Chicago from Singapore, where his family is vacationing. "I want to win... Super Bowl is my ultimate goal. ... I don't know when I'll know. I'm anxious to know as well. I would love to stay in Chicago [because] everything is here."
Tillman, who turned 33 on Sunday and has spent his entire 11-year career with the Bears — compiling 42 forced fumbles, 36 interceptions and eight touchdowns — is hosting a 5K run/walk with his wife, Jackie, at Soldier Field on March 8.
Jackie Tillman, who has known her husband since seventh grade, said she also hopes to remain in Chicago, where she has raised her four children and started the Cornerstone Foundation, which since 2005 has provided resources to local families in need.
"I'm a military brat and have moved every three years of my life. This is the longest I've ever lived in one spot," Jackie Tillman said. "But I'm ready to move if we have to. Whatever is best for my husband is where we will be. ... He's toward the end of his career, and I would really like to see him get a ring."
Jackie Tillman is the runner in the relationship. She has completed several half marathons and Ragnar Relay races of various distances, and one of her favorite places to run is along the lakefront path. She ran track in high school but started competing in distance races after her daughter, Tiana, received a heart transplant when she was 6 months old. Tiana is now nearing her sixth birthday.
She wanted to create March 8's race — the Peanut Tillman 5K Run/Walk, which will be organized by Universal Sole Running Events — to help raise money for Cornerstone.
Charles Tillman, who won the 2013 NFL Man of the Year award and was honored at the Super Bowl, said he'll be starting the 5K event but not finishing. Jackie, who noted her husband is "clumsy and trips up our stairs in our house at least once a month," will be competing, and perhaps one of her children will be joining her.
"I think our oldest will run. The others are a little too young to be into running," she said. "They never stop running around the house, but that's different."
The Peanut Tillman 5K Run/Walk is $40 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. For more information and to register, click here.