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Julius Peppers turns 37 but not looking ahead

Julius Peppers turned 37 years old Wednesday. Rather than reflect on his career and where he might be after this season, Peppers only wanted to think about the NFC championship game. Peppers is in the final year of his contract with the Packers but hasn't said whether he'll play next season. Winning a Super Bowl might be the perfect way to go out. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Dre Bly Named To Virginia Sports Hall of Fame

The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame announced its class of 2017 on Wednesday. The Class of 2017 features: Dre Bly, a three-time All-American football player at the University of North Carolina, Super Bowl XXXIV Champion and a two-time Pro Bowl selection. The Induction Banquet will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2017 in Portsmouth, Virginia. (

What does staff turnover mean for UNC’s defense?

UNC’s defense ascended the ladder last two seasons, but there is room for growth, and a lot of work needs to be done. Now, Gene Chizik and Larry Fedora will have to push closer to that pie in the sky with a reshuffled staff. With new UNC defensive backs coach Terry Joseph coaching the DBs, Texas A&M finished 44th nationally in yards allowed per pass in 2016. (ACC Sports Journal)

10 ACC Players Who Will Replace NFL Draft Early Entrants in 2017

North Carolina: Gone - Quarterback Mitch Trubisky; In - TBD; The Tar Heels return four second-year players at quarterback, but none who have extensive experience: Nathan Elliott, Chazz Surratt, Logan Byrd and Manny Miles. Could the Tar Heels’ answer come via a graduate transfer, such as Notre Dame’s Malik Zaire? (Athlon Sports)

Julius Peppers doesn't want Super Bowl run to be about him

On his 37th birthday, Julius Peppers will once again answer questions about the only major hole on his 15-year NFL resume: a Super Bowl title. He's scheduled to take the podium at Lambeau Field on Wednesday afternoon leading up to Sunday's NFC title game against the Atlanta Falcons. Just don't tell Peppers that there's a win-one-for-Julius mentality. (

Imagining an NFL team with only NC ties

What if we could construct an NFL team made entirely of players from North Carolina high schools or colleges? DT: Sylvester Williams/Broncos/UNC - Williams started all 16 games for the Broncos, with 29 tackles and 1 sack; LB: Zach Brown, Bills/UNC - Brown was a tackling machine for the Bills - his 149 tackles ranked second in the NFL this season. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Steelers long snapper Greg Warren has been here before

If the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the New England Patriots in the AFC championship, three players from the team will join a somewhat select group of players who have appeared in four Super Bowls. Two of them — Ben Roethlisberger and James Harrison — might not surprise you. The third is long snapper Greg Warren, who has the ultimate “only in America” story. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Report: UNC to hire new DB coach

Less than 10 hours since news broke that Charlton Warren was leaving North Carolina to become Tennessee's secondary coach, news broke that the Tar Heels have found their replacement. According to ESPN's Adam Rittenberg, UNC will hire Texas A&M defensive backs coach Terry Joseph to the same position. (Carolina Blue)

Is Mitch Trubisky Ready for the NFL?

According to most NFL draft boards, former UNC quarterback Mitch Trubisky is the clear No. 1 signal caller in April's NFL Draft. Is Trubisky ready, though? When a quarterback is taken in the first round, he's almost always expected to start immediately. He's usually thrown into the fire on a bad team with little help around him, and expected to revitalize a franchise. (Hero Sports)

Tennessee announces hiring of UNC DB coach Charlton Warren

The Tennessee Volunteers football program announced Monday that Charlton Warren has agreed to terms to become the defensive backs coach for the Vols. Warren served as defensive backs coach at North Carolina the last two seasons and also has spent time on the Nebraska and Air Force coaching staffs. (Tennessee Athletics)

UNC's Ryan Switzer confident in abilities

You said you believe you're a first round talent. I'm guessing you still feel that way, right? Ryan Switzer: Yeah, first round talent doesn't always equate to being drafted in the first round. I stack my talents and abilities up against anybody in this draft class. But, sometimes a slot receiver and punt returner, especially of my stature, doesn't get the first round love. (Senior Bowl)

Eric Ebron's next goal is big: 1,000-yard season

Eric Ebron sat in front of his locker last month, surrounded by the custom cleats he has worn all season long and the reality of another season coming to a close. This, though, was different for the Detroit Lions tight end. After three years in the NFL, the team’s first-round pick in the 2014 draft seems to have finally found his place in the Detroit offense and the NFL. (

From UNC to eight NFL stops: Shaun Draughn keeps the faith

Released by seven different teams since entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2011, Shaun Draughn even went back to North Carolina one summer and opened his own real estate investment company. But after stints with the Redskins, Chiefs, Ravens, Colts, Bears, Chargers, Browns and 49ers, Draughn is still an NFL running back. (Durham Herald-Sun)

2017 UNC football opponent California announces Justin Wilcox as head coach

The 40-year-old was officially named Cal’s head coach on Saturday, with the university announcing a five-year contract. Terms were not disclosed, but he is expected to earn between $1.5 – $2 million per season. Wilcox has never been a head coach, but he served as a defensive coordinator at five schools (Boise State, Tennessee, Washington, USC and Wisconsin). (San Jose Mercury News)

Packers Want to Win One for Julius Peppers

There probably will not be impassioned speeches before Sunday’s playoff game about winning a Super Bowl for Julius Peppers. And “#WinOneForJulius” won’t be trending on Twitter. But you don’t have to dig too deep to see that the Packers would love to get Peppers a Super Bowl ring. (Packer Report)

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