Carolina Panther Julius Peppers announces his retirement

Carolina Panther Julius Peppers announces his retirement

Carolina Panther Julius Peppers announces his retirement

In March 2010, the Bears gave him a six-year deal worth $42 million guaranteed and $91.5 million overall to lure Peppers away from the Panthers, who'd chosen him second overall out of nearby North Carolina in 2002. The following year, he recorded five tackles, three for loss and a pair of sacks against eventual Heisman Trophy victor Chris Weinke and backup Marcus Outzen.

"It's not goodbye. It's kind of like I'll see you later".

Peppers announced his decision in the Players' Tribune, roughly one month after finishing the season with five sacks, two forced fumbles and 14 tackles in 16 games.

His 159.5 sacks are fourth-place on the NFL's all-time sack list, just half a sack behind 5-time Pro Bowler Kevin Greene.

And he thanked John Fox, who was coach of the Panthers, where he started his career: "Thank you for taking a chance on me. He carries himself with dignity, integrity and class, and will always be a Panther".

Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky dives for the pylon as Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers stops him short previous year.

In an emotional video released by the Carolina Panthers and the Players Tribune on Friday morning, veteran defensive end Julius Peppers announced that he will retire after a 17-year National Football League career. "To put up the numbers he did for as long as he did speaks to his incredible talent and commitment". Thank you for the spirit, the resolve and the attitude to Keep Pounding. He is a leader in the locker room and in the community. "It's two careers for a lot of people", Peppers wrote.

Peppers, a 1998 Southern Nash High graduate, left high school as one of the greatest athletes ever in The Wilson Times readership area and perhaps even in North Carolina. He is the final player from that draft to retire. He's got great perspective not only on football but on life. The Panthers' 31-24 win ended any hope that the Packers could make the playoffs, and Rodgers returned to injured reserve to finish the season.

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