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Julius Peppers

When you think of great defensive players associated with the state of North Carolina you have to think of Julius Peppers.

How can you not?

4. Julius Peppers

Julius Peppers was meant to be in a Carolina Panthers uniform.  Born in North Carolina and playing for UNC it was fitting that the 2001 Chuck Bednarik and Lombardi Award winner would be drafted by Carolina, which they did with the 2nd overall pick.  The Defensive End would be named the Defensive Rookie of the Year, and he would build on that with five Pro Bowl selections as a Panther (2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 & 2009) and a pair of First Team All-Pro Selections (2004 & 2006).  Peppers would become the Defensive Captain in 2007, which he would follow up with a career-high 14.5 Quarterback Sacks in 2008.  He would have seven double-digit seasons in Sacks, and in 2004 he would lead the NFL in Tackles for Loss.  He would sign with the Chicago Bears and played there for four years and then another three with the Green Bay Packers.

Julius Peppers Retires

As we eagerly await tomorrow’s announcement of who will be chosen for the Pro Football Hall of Fame we have a possible first ballot Hall of Famer in Julius Peppers, Defensive End from Carolina who announced his retirement today.

A star at the University of North Carolina, Peppers was a unanimous All-American and was the Chuck Bednarik and Lombardi Award winner in 2001. Drafted second overall by the Panthers in 2002, Peppers wasted no time establishing himself as one of the premier stars of the game.  He would win the Defensive Rookie of the Year with a 12 Sack season and in 2004 he would go to his first of what would be nine Pro Bowl selections, and in that year, he was also named a First Team All Pro.  Peppers remained a sacking machine where he would be named a First Team All Pro again in 2006 and in his first eight seasons in Carolina he had double digit sack tallies in six of those campaigns,

Peppers would sign with the Chicago Bears where he would play for four seasons.  The Defensive End was named a First Team All Pro in his first year there (2010) with three of his seasons earning him Pro Bowl accolades.  He would play his final five seasons in Green Bay and a final run back home with the Carolina Panthers.

Julius Peppers retires with 266 Games Played and 159.5 Quarterback Sacks.  He will be eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2024.

We here at would like to thank Julius Peppers for is wonderful career and we wish him the best in his post-playing endeavors.

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