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Charles Tillman to officially retire as member of the Bears

Charles Tillman. (AP)

Charles Tillman’s career will have a ceremonial finish.

On Friday, Tillman will sign a one-day contract with the Bears and officially retire from the NFL. A press conference is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Tillman, 35, started 12 games for the Carolina Panthers last season. It was the only season of his 13-year career not with the Bears, who drafted him in the second round of 2003 draft.

Tillman, known for forcing 44 fumbles with his famed “Peanut Punch,” will be remembered as arguably the best cornerback in Bears history.

A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Tillman has the most interceptions by a cornerback in team history at 36. Overall, he trails only safeties Gary Fencik (38) and Richie Petitbon (37).

Tillman also owns Bears records with nine defensive touchdowns and eight interception returns for touchdowns. He was named the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2013.