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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?

Peppers was born in North Carolina, played for the University of North Carolina and was drafted by the Carolina Panthers second overall in 2002.  The Panthers expected him to build upon his Chuck Bednarik and Lombardi Award winning season and he did just that winning the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award and essentially rebuilding the Carolina D.  He was now the leader of a defensive corps that would take the Panthers first Super Bowl (a loss to the New England Patriots) and while they would lose Peppers would be named a Pro Bowl Selection five of the next six seasons in Carolina where he would be named a First Team All Pro in two of them (2004 & 2006) and establish himself as one of the game’s premier pass rushers. 

Peppers would leave the state of North Carolina in 2010 to sign with the Chicago Bears and he would remain an upper echelon defensive player.  With Chicago, the Defensive End would be a Pro Bowler in his first three years in the Windy City while also being named a First Team All Pro his first year there.  He would later play for the Green Bay Packers where in 2015 he would go to his ninth and final Pro Bowl.  Fittingly he would return the Carolina Panthers for his final two seasons in the National Football League.

Peppers retired with 159.5 Quarterback Sacks, which at the time placed him fourth all-time and he also ended his career ranked second all-time for Forced Fumbles and Tackles for Loss.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Bailey, North Carolina, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Monday, 01 January 2024
  • Position: Defensive End, Linebacker
  • Played For: Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers
  • College: Arkansas Tech
  • Drafted: 1st Round, 2nd Overall in 2002
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    First Team All Pro (2004, 2006 & 2010)

    Second Team All Pro (2008, 2009 & 2012)

    Pro Bowl (2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2015)

    Defensive Rookie of the Year (2002)

    Most Tackles for Loss (2006)

    Super Bowl Rings (None)
  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten Finishes: Approximate Value (2) (2010 & 2012)

    Top Ten Finishes: Interception Return Yards (2) (2004 & 2014)

    Top Ten Finishes: Tackles for Loss (4) (2005, 2006, 2008 & 2011)

    Top Ten Finishes: Quarterback Sacks (6) (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009 & 2012)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 2. Tackles for Loss: 175
    2. Forced Fumbles: 52
    4. Quarterback Sacks: 159.5
    16. Games Started
    19. Approximate Value: 183
    27. Games Played: 266

Should Julius Peppers be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 100%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 0%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%
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