Former Louisiana Ragin' Cajun and NFL All-Pro cornerback Charles Tillman is preparing for a special challenge, to help a special cause.


Despite having a fear of large bodies of waters, the 38-year old Tillman is currently in the process of building a special boat for the challenge, which is scheduled to take place in August.

The goal of "Row 4 Kids" is to raise $200,000 for pediatric cancer research and to assist.

You can donate at this Crowdrise page.

Tillman is certainly working hard for the cause. Not only is he crafting the boat, but he has to do some serious training.

Understand; rowing non-stop across Lake Michigan, which is 300 miles long, and averages 75 miles across, is no easy task.

A native of Chicago, Illinois, before attending high high in Texas, Tillman earned his criminal justice degree from UL.

After playing his college football at UL, from 1999-2002, Tillman was selected by the Bears in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft.

The NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2013, Tillman played 12 seasons with the Bears, earning two Pro Bowl honors, before playing his final season with the Carolina Panthers in 2015, helping them to a 15-1 record, and a Super Bowl appearance.

In 13 NFL seasons, Tillman accumulated 911 career tackles, to go along with 38 interceptions, 126 pass deflections, 9 fumble recoveries, and 9 defensive touchdowns.

His football accomplishments put aside; this event is just another example of why Tillman is a first-class person.