Tillman honored by Obama's praise

Charles Tillman thanked President Barack Obama for the "shout-out" after Obama said the Chicago Bears cornerback may be the defensive player of the year during a pre-election appearance on "Monday Night Football."

"I think it's a huge honor," Tillman said Wednesday. "I'm happy he won. I (congratulate) him and his family. It was a great honor. I was actually asleep when he did the interview. I go to bed early with four kids. I was asleep, but I had a bunch of text messages that morning when I woke up. I definitely thought it was cool to get mentioned by our Commander in Chief. So yeah, thanks for the shout-out."

Obama and Mitt Romney did an interview at halftime of the Eagles-Saints game on Monday and praised his hometown team.

"Best defense in the league right now," Obama said. "You saw (Sunday's) game. (Charles) Tillman may be defensive player of the year the way he's playing."

Tillman, the NFC defensive player of the month for October, forced a career-high four fumbles against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. He has forced seven fumbles this season to go along with two interceptions and six passes defended.

ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson contributed to this report.