Bears notebook: Charles Tillman doesn’t fire back at Panthers’ Smith
BY SEAN JENSEN firstname.lastname@example.org October 29, 2012 10:16PM
The Panthers’ Steve Smith catches a pass Sunday in front of the Bears’ Tim Jennings. Jennings, though, got the last laugh. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
Updated: November 6, 2012 5:27PM
Although Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith took a shot at Bears cornerback Tim Jennings after the game Sunday, cornerback Charles Tillman didn’t reciprocate Monday.
‘‘I just think [Smith is] competitive,’’ Tillman said. ‘‘Not to take anything away from Smitty — he made some good plays for them — but the thing I tell people [is that] when you follow a receiver one-on-one, the goal is to win more battles than him.
‘‘Steve Smith made some great catches, but Tim got two picks and scored one. And, in the end, Tim made the plays that really counted. But they both played great games.’’
Jennings returned a fourth-quarter interception 25 yards for a touchdown. After the game, Smith noted he had slipped on the play and said he had racked up big numbers against Jennings before that.
‘‘That was the best play he made all game on me,’’ said Smith, who had seven catches for 118 yards. ‘‘I know you want to pump him up, but I’ve been kicking his ass every time I come up here, and today wasn’t no different. Do you disagree?’’
Asked about Smith’s comment, Jennings said: ‘‘That’s just Steve Smith being Steve Smith. He’s a great competitor. We really didn’t do a whole lot of talking. I was surprised he didn’t do a lot of talking during the game — more after the game, after the loss. That’s just the guy that he is. You can’t say too much about it, just that we won and they lost — again.’’
Bears active Monday
The Bears were spread throughout the Chicago area at several charity events Monday.
Defensive end Israel Idonije accompanied team president Ted Phillips and chairman George McCaskey to cut the ribbon at the Bears’ gym at the new Lurie Children’s Hospital downtown.
‘‘There’s nothing better than to be able to help the children of Chicago,’’ Phillips said. ‘‘This is a world-class facility, and we’re thankful to be a part of it.’’
In Northbrook, Tillman hosted a dinner at Morton’s The Steakhouse to benefit his Cornerstone Foundation. He was joined by a number of teammates, including Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs, Matt Forte, Nick Roach and Johnny Knox. The players served guests dinner and appetizers.
‘‘ ‘Peanut’ is a well-known guy on our team and everyone likes him, so he’s going to get a lot of support from his teammates, especially for his cause and what the Tillman family has been through,’’ Forte said. ‘‘It’s great to support him.’’
And in Round Lake Beach, tight end Matt Spaeth hosted ‘‘Realm of Terror,’’ where players dressed up in costumes in a haunted house. Proceeds from the event helped the family of Chris Pettry, the Bears fan who was killed this month in Jacksonville, Fla.