Panthers’ Julius Peppers retires

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Carolina Panthers Defensive End Julius Peppers has announced his retirement on Friday morning. He walks away from the game at 39-years-old. 

Peppers played 17 seasons in the NFL. He is fourth all-time in sacks with 159.5, including a franchise-record 97.0 sacks with the Panthers. 

Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers tackles Adrian Peterson against the Washington Redskins
Julius Peppers tackles Adrian Peterson against the Washington Redskins (Getty Images)

“In getting to know Julius over these past months, I’ve learned that he is a man of few words. When he speaks, everyone listens,” Panthers owner David Tepper said. “With that in mind, I will be brief. He’s one of the best to ever wear a Carolina uniform. He carries himself with dignity, integrity and class, and will always be a Panther.”

Peppers player the last two seasons with the Panthers. He began his career with the team, where he played the first eight-years of his career.

He also played for the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers.

He is the first person ever in league history to have 150 sacks and at least 10 interceptions. Peppers ends his career with 11.

“Julius is one of the greatest to ever play the game of football,” head coach Ron Rivera said. “To put up the numbers he did for as long as he did speaks to his incredible talent and commitment. He is a leader in the locker room and in the community. Getting to know him over the last two seasons has been tremendous because of the type of person he is. What he did for the people affected by Hurricane Florence, getting involved and bringing them hope, says a lot about him.

“I’m proud that I get to say that I was one of his coaches, and I think it’s fitting that he gets to end his career as a Carolina Panther.”

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