Charles Tillman’s 2016 is off to a rough start

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Injured Carolina Panthers cornerback Charles Tillman moves on the field before the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game between the Carolina Panthers and the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

Suffering a season-ending injury shortly before a second chance to play in the Super Bowl is a hard pill to swallow, but it was the only beginning for Charles Tillman.

Apparently, the hits just keep on coming.

Via Twitter:

The longtime Bears defender appears to be taking his misfortune in stride and definitely deserves some credit for remaining optimistic following his injury.

In a pre-Super Bowl interview with Fox Sports Radio, the 2013 Walter Payton Man of the Year said being forced to miss the big game wasn’t difficult at all.

Tillman – who tore his ACL in Week 17 – watched from the sidelines as Denver defeated Carolina 24-10 on Sunday.

He told reporters Tuesday that he hopes to return to the Panthers next season.

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