Greatest Play of Peanut Tillman's Career [VIDEO]

Greatest Play of Peanut Tillman's Career [VIDEO]

Monday night was the definitive performance of Peanut Tillman's great career in Chicago. The Great & Powerful Puncher of Balls held the game's most explosive player (Calvin Johnson) to a couple catches for some meaningless yards. He also forced fumbles on back-to-back plays with the balls unfortunately bouncing to the sideline. He was a legend at Soldier Field.

This was his greatest game. But do you remember his greatest play?

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  • It' a good thing there weren't replacement refs in that game...

  • Willie -

    Your silence today leads one to believe you and wifey are having a baby.

    If so, good luck. If not, sucks to be you right now.

  • In reply to Viva:

    Hahahaha.. No baby yet.

    One of the few days work has been hectic. My first non-poop time blog checking with an hour left in the day. That's a rarity.

  • Peanut is playing the best season of his career. He has always been strong and one of the best in the biz at generating turnovers. However, in past years he has always been good for at least one blown play per game where he got completely smoked. He has been nothing but consistently brilliant throughout the early goings of this season. Hats off to you Charlie! You're an American Badass!

  • In reply to MatthewIsMyForte:

    Ya know this is the thing that really pissses me off is Peanut has been doing this for 10 years now. This is normal play for this man he is having a MVP year

    frankie deleo
    bronx ny

  • Peanut's plays off the field are pretty impressive too:

  • In reply to Viva:


  • Cutty on his show..."He is playing Pro-Bowl Caliber...He should easily be Pro-Bowl bound again!!!!

  • Tillman not only SHUT down the most dominant WR since Rice (yeah, I said it). He then, on back to back plays, punched out the football. First with his left hand, then with his right. WTF!? You'll never see that again.

    His forearms are as ripped as Bruce Lee's, and I'm more than positive that if need be he could rip a man's heart out of his chest.

    He's gonna be on The Score later (along with Hub). That ought to be good.

  • Peanut put on a clinic last night. My top two favorite moments were (1) those two punch-out fumbles at the sideline on consecutive plays, and (2) the calm look on his face as he popped the ball out from Johnson's hands in the end zone before Stafford had that grass-munching pick. Amazing!

  • said grass-munching......tee hee hee....

  • No argument from me. I could watch that play 10 times a day.

  • blogfader......I'm sure Ticey remembers too

    I'm sure he likes to be on the + end of "Optimus Peanut" rather than the - end...

  • We better not sleep on the Panthers either.

    The Panthers are a humiliated team. Cam looks like he's this close to going all Young, and I think they're gonna play one of those pride games.

    We all don't need to remember Steve Smith's 500 yd game, and I'm telling you, he's still dangerous. It's not his fault Cam chokes in the redzone. Also, I'm sure Girly-Thor wants to prove something, and Cam has been getting him more involved.

    The Panthers most likely will want to establish the run and minimize cam, and when they do, it's gonna be a clash. They have 3 good rbs.

    Short week. Cutler's ribs bruised. Hope we don't take these guys lightly.

  • I was thinking the same thing.

    Saw a panther highlight (like the only one) from last weekend and it was a badass catch. At the angle and point in the highlight I couldn't see a number, just a heap of dudes... I said... I bet that's fucking smith

    Yep, was. Dude is a badass. period.

  • Because there




  • If last night is any indication...Cam WILL try and run on us if we let him. If we can play pass defense like last night we'll force him to and key on that. We should do OK but I do agree he's still dangerous, more dangerous that Stafford IMHO.

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    I'm guessing we will spy Cam with #54 if Brian's up to it. He looked way better last night. Still not all the way back but he was looking good and filling the gaps.

  • Tillman should be a Pro-bowler this season...if not than it's truly rigged and eventually will be in the hall of fame when the time comes...Him, Uralcher and Gould are shoe ins.

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    How often do kickers get in the hall of fame? Just asking cause I don't know and I don't remember the last one to make it.

    I think the potential HOFers on our team are, in order:

    - Lach
    - Briggs
    - Marshall
    - Peanut
    - Peppers
    - Hester
    - Cutler
    - Forte

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I've never been to the hall of fame so I'm not sure how many kickers...if any...are in but if you were going to put one in, it should be Gould...

    I'd bet Hester will be closer to the top only because of the return record he holds..

    It's too early to tell about the last two on the list.

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    I think Morton Anderson made it a handful of years back. Also, there are a couple of kickers in that also played QB and DE.. Old school guys, forget who though.

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    Jan Stenerud.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    thank you sir!

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Peppers first or second; look at the numbers...

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    - Pepp/Lach are prob the locks.

    - Briggs is borderline. You gotta remember, LBs who don't sack the QB aren't as popular. Look at Derrick Brooks - is he even in the HOF? and he was an 11 time PBer, defensive player of year, and won a SB. He'll get in, but maybe not 1st ballot due to backlog.

    - Hester. Most likely. How can the greatest returner not be in the Hall? There's gonna be a lot of debate though.

    - Marshall. He's a bad ass, but all these pass happy trends won't do him in favors. Remember, Tim Brown, Andre Reed and Chris Carter are still out of the HOF. Around the time Marshall retires, I suspect Fitz, Mega, Andre Johnson, Steve Smith, etc will retire too. It's going to be really competitive.

    - Peanut. Very underrated, but he's only been to, what, 1 PB? As much as I love Peanut, I don't think he'll make the HOF.

    - Forte. He needs a few more 2,000 all purpose yd seasons.

    - Cutler. SBs will help all these guys get in, but none more so than Cutler. If Eli can get in, Cutler can (but first he's gonna have to win 2 SBs).

    - Gould. I think Ray Guy is the only kicker in the hall. And Vinatieri will most likely get in. If Gould moves up to the #1 most accurate kicker, he has a chance. A clutch win or two in a SB will help - a lot. (see Vinatieri).

  • Your comment about Briggs is very true. Harry Carson (great book btw) played with arguably the best OLB in history (Lawrence Tailor). LT got all the sacks, so he was a shoe in. Carson was the run stopping specialist, and he had a ton of tackles, won a Superbowl, and was the team captain for quite a few years. But Carson took several tries to get into the HOF. Its very biased.

    But I can empathize with the committee a bit. A lot of teams outside of my division, I don't really know who the great players are unless I see the stats. For example, the Browns had a couple of all world guards playing for the last decade, but I had no idea until John Gruden mentioned them off hand in an interview with Colt McCoy. I still don't remember their names. Because I'm not a Cleveland fan, and not even really a close watcher of the AFC, how am I supposed to know who he is.

  • I agree that Cutler and Forte are too young yet and both need to win big in the playoffs to be considered. But I disagree with your Marshall comment.

    Marshall was the probowl MVP and gets a ton of press coverage. While I agree there will be a crowded field, the press is going to be all over QBs and WRs getting into the HOF, so a lot of spots will go to those positions. Once the current crop retires, I forsee at least one WR getting voted in every year for a decade. Marshall might not be first ballot, but he's in the mix. You might put Fitz and Megatron ahead of Marshall in WR ranking, but can anyone say he's not in your top 10?

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Did you just suggest Pro Bowl MVP as criteria for being voted into the HOF? Being in the current top ten doesn't get you much either. Marshall is going to need some big years with Cutler before he's considered a real candidate. Big years with Super Bowls sprinkled in.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    He better not dude

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    No way Peanut is a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Really? Why would you say that? Honestly curious are his stats not good enough? He's probably got at least 2 more season in him wouldn't ya think?

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    Peanut's stats probably are good enough - one would hope that his propensity for getting the ball away from the other guys would count for something, as should all those TDs. His chances are not bad, and will get better if he ends up in a couple more Pro Bowls.

    But that is a lot different than saying he is a shoe-in.

    Tom Brady is a shoe-in, Charles Tillman is not.

    Oh, and if he's going to keep playing like this, I hope he has six more seasons :-)

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    "Tom Brady is a shoe-in, Charles Tillman is not."

    Well when ya put it that that way...

    Here are some interesting stat comparisons...



    Darrelle Revis


    Ronda Barber


    Charles Woodson

    Based on this short list I guess Peanut might have a bit to go…but still I think he’d be worthy.

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    Ronde Barber will be the litmus test for Peanut, but Peanut will have to play just as long.

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    I think what we have to remember is that HOF and PB awards aren't strictly based on play. A lot of what goes into it is a popularity contest. When the four letter network talks trash about the Bears, it hurts all the potential candidates on the team.

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    Agreed. Another thing to keep in mind about CBs specifically is that its very hard to get accurate stats. A guy like Revis, for example, earns all of his stats against the best WRs in football. Plus, he's so dominant that he frequently spends entire games with only a couple of targets, so there's no opportunity for good stats.

    Revis is, I think, the most dominant defensive player in the sport right now. But even Peanut will have better stats because he gets more chances. And then a guy like Rogers-Cromartie, playing opposite Revis, gets even more stats because Revis forces teams to go after the other side of the field.

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    There are only 3 kickers in the HOF; George Blanda, Lou "The Toe" Groza and Jan Stenerud. No punters. Blanda was also a decent QB and Groza was a good tackle.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Yeah, I was thinking of "pure" kickers. And you're right, no punter. Ray Guy is the only one even considered.

    "If Ray Guy hadn't been a punter, they would've had to invent the role for him.

    Quite frankly, up until that time there had never been a player like him. Pre-Guy, punters were the guys (no pun intended) who came onto the pitch to mark failure—you hadn't made ten yards and so you were giving the ball back.

    Guy turned punting into both a science and an offensive weapon. By concentrating not only on distance, but accuracy and hang time, he was able to pin opponents back further than any punter before him.

    He remains the only punter selected in the first round of a draft. Without him, Shane Lechler would not be earning $5 million a year. Without him, the video screen at the Louisiana Superdome would still be only 90 feet off the ground. And without him, the game of football we know and love would be a very different one.

    In 1994, Guy became the first pure punter to be nominated for inclusion in the Hall of Fame.

    Sixteen years later, he is still trying to get in."

    (Too lazy to research for a Raider Punter)

  • If you look at his stats now they are pretty ordinary. Punting has really evolved over the years. It used to be the Bears had a punter by the name of Bobby Joe Green who could coffin corner his kicks as good as anyone in the league. Now just about every punter can kick directionally and a lot of them can make the ball bounce back away from the end zone or come close to dying on contact with the ground. It's amazing.

  • The problem with Hester in the HOF is this: if you argue that he is the best returner of all time (he is) and should therfore be inducted, than why is the best returner prior to Hester not?

  • In reply to Viva:

    ...because each year with Hester on the team, the Bears average starting field position was their own 40.

  • In reply to Viva:

    do you have that stat for this year Viva?

    Oh, just curious.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That was not a real stat, but I'm guessing it is pretty close. My guess is that that is the one statistic that defines his value more than anything else (attempting to kick-away from him doesn't show up on too many highligh reels...)

  • In reply to Viva:

    EVERY team tries to come up with a way to neutralize Devin. Some on here are getting impatient since he hasn't done much this year. Give it time. Whenever Devin has a dry spell he makes mistakes. He call for fair catches when there isn't anyone within 10 yds of him or he lets them bounce and the opponent gets another 10-20 yds on the bounce. Once he starts feeling it and getting into a groove, the entire stadium (home and away) gets jacked up whenever he has an opportunity. One last stat, he hasn't lost a fumble in almost 3.5 years. Tell that to Stefan Logan.

    I know MB is hot because he runs out of bounds or takes a dive to avoid contact. He's not the type of guy to put his head down and grind a couple more yards. Oh well. He's 5'11" (on a good day) and 190. His whole game is speed, making people miss and being able to set up blocks. For the greatest returner in NFL history, that's enough for me.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    MBs not the only one who got impatient. Toub inserted Bennett then Weems, and he knows a little about SP Teams.

    While Alshon is out, that might not be the worst idea. We need Devin to actually play receiver right now. If he gets dinged up, then we'll have to move Bennett out of the slot, and put Sanzen in. Not exactly an ideal situation.

    Right now, we just need 10-20 yds - a Daniel Manning N-South runner to get us out of our own end zone, which it seems we're always starting from.

  • I know you and Johnny were also bitching but MB usually takes it to another level. He went 2 years without a TD and then went nuts again. I'm willing to be patient.

  • In reply to Viva:

    until Hester stops giving away an extra 12-15 yards on every punt because he can't/won't/doesn't hustle his ass up and fair catch short punts he may not even be the returner for the Bears much less be in the HOF.

  • My take on the HOF'ers. Peppers probably, #54 likely, Briggs likely, Peanut doubtful, Cutler and Forte way too early to say. Devin could go either way. Gould unlikely.

    Since the Bears have the most HOF'ers and get no love from the media, it's going to hurt everyone's chances. The more guys that make The Hall from one team the less likely another one from the same team will make it.

    After Walter, Samurai and Danimal made The Hall Dent had to wait forever and watch lesser DE's getting voted in before him. And this is for a team that was voted the second best of all time.

    This group has only been to 1 SB and didn't win. That will definitely go against them. If we went nuts and won a couple of SB's with all of these guys still playing at a high level it would increase everyone's chances.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Oops, I forgot The Beast. If he plays at a high level for another 5 years (at least) he has a good shot. If he stays out of trouble and continues to be the person we see today that should really help his chances. Everybody loves a story with some redemption. I have no reason to think Brandon won't continue to be the player and person he is today. The Bears were very lucky to get him after his illness was diagnosed and he was on his way to dealing with it. My take was he was always a good guy but would act out when things weren't going his way.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Well that's a good point. There are 26 Former Players in the HOF from the Bears and One non-player. Sure that's a lot but the Bears have been there from the beginning of the league. Out of the 26 Players 12 of them were inducted before 1970. So sure there are a lot of Bears in the HOF but you can attribute that to how long the team has existed.

    It does, as you point out, make it tougher for Bears Players to get in.

  • I think I'm in love:

  • Urlacher and Hester and going to the Hall of Fame. No one else is going to the hall of fame. Not even Lance Briggs. It took Derrick Thomas 5 years of eligibility to make it, and I know he was an OLB/end, which is different but he was much more accomplished than briggs is.


  • Not sure if anyone posted this:

    Warren Moon defending Cam by shitting on Cutler -

    “If you want to compare him to someone because of his demeanor, compare him to Jay Cutler. There are a lot of guys who whine and moan. Cam’s not biting anybody’s head off or pushing his linemen. He’s just disgruntled, and not handling losing well, because, think about it, he basically didn’t lose in college.

    “I don’t think Cam’s as bad as Cutler, because Cutler looks like he doesn’t give a damn sometimes, or he’s yelling and cussing at someone. Cam, he just looks down when they’re losing.”

    Oy. What a turd.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    I have no issue with him defending Newton. Attacking another QB while trying to defend Newton is stupid. He doesn't know Cutler and he's basically doing the same thing that he's accusing other people of doing to Newton. What a dunce!

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Did anyone see Cam Newton's post-game last Sunday? I saw only a short clip. He was standing at the podium in a sweater Fred Rodgers would have thought effeminate, whining about how things need to change. For the lion of the NFL, his tone seemed awfully resigned, almost self-pitying.

    I was a little concerned about him. If he had been foaming at the mouth and snapping at everyone, it would have been much less sad.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Cam looked like he wanted to cry. Steve Smith, 5'10 on a good day, almost pimp slapped him on the sideline a few weeks back. I think the scene went like this...

  • In light of the fact that we do not have a TE worth a shit, and Alshon is injured, I think Plax is a viable option.

    We have leadership in our locker room

  • In reply to Viva:


  • In reply to Viva:

    Yeah, that Olsen trade looks better all the time, eh?

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Yup, we're missing the shit out of his two catches every second game and falling over when a cornerback looked at him. He's really tearing it up in Carolina, that's why they're 7-0 ... oh wait....

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    That trade with Carolina is the reason we had an extra 3rd rounder to pick up Brandon (net win for us...)

    I think Plaxico should be a viable option for us. I know he is not a TE (which we do not have), but he is a formidable target nonetheless...and Cutler needs targets.

  • In reply to Viva:

    Irish, I don't feed trolls.

    Viva, I very strongly doubt Emery needed an "extra" pick to trade for Marshall. So I opine the notion that we needed to ditch Olsen for that pick* to get Marshall is specious at best.

    A more reasonable discussion is whether you prefer Brandon Hardin to Greg Olsen. While Hardin may turn out to be okay, his injury history does not lead me to think his value is higher than Girly Thor.

    Olsen was clearly better than Spaeth and Davis. Adams and Rodriguez have not see enough action to make a judgment.

    * On the salary cap side, however, you might be able to persuade me the Bears could not afford both.

  • Peanut on the score right now,

    "How you feeling?" Three Stooges on the Score
    "Man, I'm tiiiireed." Peanut


  • Here's the Cutler takedown again (thanks, Doc).

    Cutler was in real danger of being stripped of the ball, but Suh wasn't interested in the ball. He was 100% focused on setting-up a crash landing in which Cutler would hit the dirt head-first with a 300-pound weight on his neck. It took a tremendous amount of body control for Suh to pull it off. He's a great athlete, but as a football player he's still just a dumb thug. Put someone like Tilman in that situation and there's a loose ball on the field.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Great point. I thought it was a legal hit but he was definitely trying to injure Cutler. I don't know what the answer is but it's just nuts to see someone breathe on Brady or Manning and get flagged and a less popular QB gets mugged and it's legal.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    You have to wonder about NFL rulemaking. It's illegal in the NFL to drag a guy down by his collar because it creates dangerous twisting forces. Yet you can drag a guy down by his hair no problem, because it's the guy's hair, not the NFL's uniform.

    Cutler was moving laterally when Suh turned him by his shirtsleeve to set-up the bodyslam. Maybe the NFL will listen if someone brings it to their attention. They wouldn't have to make a new rule against leg-sweeping head-first bodyslams with modified sleeper holds, they'd just have to expand the rule against shirt pulling.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Hair sticking out of a helmet is a choice. Wearing shoulder pads really is not. I think the hair rule is perfect as it stands. If you dont wanna get pulled down by the locks it's real simple - get your hair cut.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I don't know if shoulder pads are mandatory in the NFL. I do know it is impossible to play without them and not get hurt. Professional football, by it's very nature, is a breaker of shoulder bones.

    It is not inherently a puller of hair. You can play with long hair, and your risk of injury will never rise above Brian Urlacher's because of it, until some asshole chooses to pull your hair. But if the NFL says, "No hair pulling," then hair pulling is not an issue. The game goes on, exactly as before, except no one gets hurt simply because the NFL chooses to follow the lead of Roller Derby. No other sport chooses to allow hair pulling, not even MMA.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    The physics of pulling some poser's hair and the horsecollar tackle are light years apart. One is potentially lethal, the other is not/

    If you make millions of dollars a year and you're worried about a hair injury, then you cut your hair. If Chris Johnson ends up in a wheelchair because of his hair then I would say "how did the hair thing work out for you CJ? How badass do you look now? Moonwalk now bitch!" Then I'd challenge him to a foot-race and a dance-off.

    What I saw from Suh was :

    (a) a perfect Judo inside foot-sweep, the name of which escapes me

    (b) a tackle which was effectively the same mechanics as a horse-collar tackle

    (c) the most insincere and fake "look of concern" ever. In fact the referee should have flagged Suh for having unfeasibly large testicles to pull that one off. "Is he okay? (snigger)"

  • "Moonwalk now bitch!"

    Too funny.

  • No, you are completely wrong. A runner pulled down from behind by the hair is subjected to the same forces as a runner pulled down from behind by the collar. Under certain circumstances, a hair tackle can be just as dangerous as a facemask.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    The rule is perfect. There is no need to change it at all.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Seeing that again just pisses me off. Is he not "driving the QBs head into the ground"? Why the the hell can't the ESPN pukes see that? Suh is a dirty SOB and I can't wait to see his knee blown out by a dirty Olineman one of these days. If that was Brady it would have been flagged....double standard NFL cock-munches.

  • Not germaine to the topic but I thought it worth mentioning that this past week in the DBB Auction League I lost by over fifty points to an opponent who had on his active roster, one guy on IR, another guy ruled out and a third on a bye. I'm now 0-5-2 for the season. That is really bad...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I feel great about the auction league. The CFT league that Artoo put together... another story. Let's just say auto-draft and 20 teams in the league (I think 12 is plenty) do not make for much of a chance to improve.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    NB, I'm not implying that there's anything wrong with the auction league, I'm just saying I suck...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Don't feel bad Tobi. I lost to Eric who pretty much beat me with Rodgers-Foster-Nelson in ONE game.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Waiver wire on the 20 man thing is key ....

    Johnathan Dwyer and Rashad Jennings are widely available.

  • I like that Zaidman stat Jeff mentioned regarding the safeties. I believe opposing QB's in those 12 games have an average rating around 45. When they prevent the deep ball and big plays, the rest of the defense can play more aggressive. I'm loving the salt and pepper combo at safety.

  • Susan Tedeschi singing the National Anthem at the baseball game last night. I love her music.!

  • +1 Fifth. So, after the glorious game, my boys and I decide to hit up Exclaibur for some post-game drinks. There ends up being a big DJ there from london spinning house and reggaeton. Not my style, but I wanted to look at some ladies while I was in town. After about a half an hour, Pringles, Webb and Chilo end up at the club. Less than 5 minutes after entering, Pringles hits the dance floor to some pounding bass bullshit and starts aggresively doing the helicopter dick on all types of women. Around and around he went surrounded by four girls, just twirling his meat tank in their face. And the crazy thing about it was they all were into it. Well, it definitely confirmed that it was him in the screensaver pic I saw and that chicks dig the helicopter dick on the dance floor. Good night gentlemen.

  • In reply to Crown:

    In fairness to Pringles, he has a massive cock, and plays safety for the Chicago Bears.

    Helicopter dick. Classic.

    I felt like drinking too when we failed to cover the spread on a team we had shut out for 59 minutes. I literally never had a minute to enjoy the game.

    Are Detroit good or does our offense suck didgeridoos?

  • Both holding calls on Carimi in the first half were very questionable. On the first one Suh turned around backwards as Carimi went to block him, and on the second one the defender slipped to the ground and Carimi and Louis both pancaked the defender. I don't think either of them were penalties.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    didn't he have to hold the guy on one of them cause the guy was a mile offside? that's bullshit that the hold offsets that. If that was the Pack, it would never be called and Rodgers would get a free bomb downfield.

  • If you're into hard core stats for Football, here ya go...

  • WOOoooooo! #2 Baby!!

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    Ha! Cutler is less liked than Michael Vick and Ben Brothelsraper. Where did they conduct the poll, College Park, Pa?

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    butbutbut the....the pouting! the teammate bump! he doesn't answer or questions seriously!

    all straight up acts that have been visibly seen. No one saw Vick kill those dogs, no one has seen his STDs (I hope), no one saw Rapeburger do his deed, no one saw Cushing et al pump themselves with PEDs, no one saw Stallworth kill a man.....fuck you, general public.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I watched that PIT game -in fairness to Big Ben, he does amazing things with an O-line worse than ours. Dude is a baller. On the field and in the John.

  • On Peanut's greatest Play. Was it?

    I still have to see better than Frazier's INT where he reached around a Packer to intercept the ball. Not that Peanut isn't a demi-God or anything. He is.

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