Julius Peppers explains why he opted to keep playing
Why did Julius Peppers decide to come back for a 17th season? It’s simple, really. “I just want to keep playing. I still love the game. I didn’t feel like I was done with it.” The future Hall of Fame defensive end clarified that there are two sides to this equation. Obviously, the Panthers were interested in re-signing Peppers after his homecoming resulted in an 11-sack season.
Video: Julius Peppers UNC Football & Basketball Highlights
Julius Peppers is perhaps the greatest defensive player to ever don Tar Heel blue. The two-time first-team All-American had a stellar career in Chapel Hill that saw him win the Lombardi and Bednarik awards in 2001 and finish with 30.5 sacks and 53.0 tackles-for-loss. "J-Pep" would also lend his services to the UNC basketball team.
Come see the Tar Heels play (and run, and jump, and throw)
When people think about the Tar Heels, they think about Michael Jordan, Vince Carter and Julius Peppers. A younger generation thinks of Marcus Paige, Harrison Barnes and Mitch Trubisky. Maybe some think of Mia Hamm, or any of the brilliant soccer players to don Carolina Blue at Fetzer Field. Now, honestly, who thought about that crazy track race that one time?
Carolina Panthers' defensive lineman Julius Peppers sells Chicago mansion
Carolina Panthers' defensive end Julius Peppers has sold his Chicago mansion he bought from former Bull B.J. Armstrong eight years ago. Located steps from Lake Michigan, the 6,000-square-foot home boasts five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. Peppers purchased the home for $1,800,000 in 2010 and reportedly sold the home for just over $1,062,500 on March 20.
Life-after-football plans on hold for Julius Peppers
Play a 17th NFL season or start his life after football? We know the answer now. Julius Peppers signed a one-year deal with the Panthers last week. But before he put pen to paper, he spent weeks mulling the decision. “If I decide to retire I don’t want it to be one of those situations where after a couple of months I have the itch to play again,’’ Peppers said.
5 things you need to know about New York Giants LB Kareem Martin
A native of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, Kareem Martin went on to start 41 games for the Tar Heels and recorded 178 tackles (92 solo), 19.5 sacks, 45.5 tackles for loss and 24 QB pressures. His 45.5 tackles for loss ranked fifth on the UNC career list behind William Fuller (57.0), Julius Peppers (53.0), Greg Ellis (50.0) and Marcus Jones (46.0).
We’re lucky to get another season of Julius Peppers. Here’s how you should celebrate.
The first time I saw Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers run down a quarterback in person, it was the 16th preseason of his career. It was a sticky August night in Jacksonville and Peppers got loose and chased Chad Henne into the arms of Carolina’s linebackers. “There he goes,” I remember someone saying up in the press box at Everbank Field.
What ageless Carolina Panthers wonder Julius Peppers’ stats could look like in 2018
Carolina Panthers edge rusher Julius Peppers seemed to defy the aging process in 2017 when he collected 11 sacks at 37 years old. With Peppers back for a 17th NFL season after signing a one-year deal Wednesday, it seems like a good time to consider what can reasonably be expected of Peppers at 38. Peppers will play predominantly in passing situations.
DE Julius Peppers will return to Panthers for 17th NFL season
Defensive end Julius Peppers is coming back to the Carolina Panthers. The future Hall-of-Famer has signed a one-year deal worth $5 million, including $2.5 million guaranteed, according to a league source. Peppers, 38, will play his 17th NFL season in 2018. Peppers had 11 sacks last season and passed Chris Doleman for fourth place on the all-time sacks list.
Will Julius Peppers play in 2018?
A source close to Julius Peppers indicates the star defensive end is leaning toward playing next season but doesn’t want to commit to it yet. Peppers recently had shoulder surgery but really gets along with Eric Washington, recently promoted from Panthers defensive-line coach to defensive coordinator. At 38, Peppers tied for the team lead with 11 sacks last season.
Julius Peppers undergoes shoulder surgery
Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers underwent surgery on his right shoulder Thursday. The 16-year veteran posted an image to his Instagram account following the procedure, writing that “everything went smooth and I’m recovering well.” Peppers recorded a team-high 11 sacks this past season, moving him into fourth place in NFL history with 154.5.
Getting another year out of Julius Peppers could be vital for Panthers
Should 38-year-old Julius Peppers retire, the Panthers would lose one of their best pass rushers and a key team leader. If Peppers returns, it likely would come at a bargain deal such as the one-year, $4.25 million contract -- including incentives earned -- he signed last offseason. That’s $10 million or more less than the average salary of the league's top six defensive ends.
Panthers' Julius Peppers rises to fourth all-time in sacks
Julius Peppers finished with 33 tackles (21 solo), 11 sacks, two fumble recoveries and two fumbles forced in 16 games played this season. Peppers continued to evade father time, as he not only posted his tenth double-digit sack campaign at age 37, but moved into fourth all-time in the category in the process. Peppers can rest assured knowing he's destined for the Hall of Fame.
Julius Peppers undecided on returning for 2018 season
The Carolina Panthers are finished. Does the same apply to Julius Peppers? The 37-year-old pass rusher hasn't decided on his playing future. Peppers plans to "take some time to reflect, spend time with his family and see where his heart takes him," NFL Network's Tiffany Blackmon tweeted Sunday, after Carolina was eliminated in a 31-26 wild-card loss to the Saints.
Julius Peppers, 37, rests during week so he can create havoc on Sundays
Julius Peppers arrives at the practice fields on the back of a golf cart, usually with fellow Panthers defensive end Mario Addison and nickel back Captain Munnerlyn. He participates in game installation -- basically a walk-through -- stretching and a few individual drills. Then it’s back to the golf cart for a ride to the stadium while his teammates practice for another hour and a half.