Carolina Panthers DE Julius Peppers Retires

Carolina Panther legend Julius Peppers announced Friday that he would be ending his 17-year career with the franchise. Peppers ended his career fourth all time on the NFL’s all-time sack list. The Carolina defensive end signed a one year contract this past season with intentions of retiring after the season was over.

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Julius Peppers was drafted in 2002 in the 1st round with the 2nd pick by the Carolina. Panthers with whom he served two stints with. It didn’t take long before his impact was felt on the Panthers team, as Peppers led the team in sacks his rookie year, and then parlayed that into a super bowl appearance in only his second season.

Julius Peppers appeared in nine Pro Bowls while also being named to three First Team All-Pro teams, and three Second Team selections.

Peppers currently holds the Panthers franchise records for career sacks and forced fumbles.

With Peppers career officially over, their is a guarantee he will be first on the ballot once his five years away from the league are up.

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