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Is Julius Peppers the greatest player in Panthers history?

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Nope - still Smitty.  That said, Peppers was a dang good Panther when he wanted to be.

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Peppers is going to have a HUGE season this upcoming season and win the Defensive Player of the Year Award... he's been training like an animal is fully healthy for the first time in since 2010, after playing through a sprained MCL in his left knee in 2011 and plantar fasciitis in his feet in 2012.





There will be more of it if the program takes root the way new strength and conditioning coordinator Mike Clark envisions it will.

Clark comes to the Bears from the Chiefs with an emphasis on explosive, multi-joint movements that are designed to increase power, which he defines as mass times velocity.

"There is a lot more emphasis on power and explosion — more hang cleans, power cleans, things of that nature, core work, things that are necessary to play football," said Bears offensive tackle Jonathan Scott, who has not been in a similar weight program since he was at Texas 2002-05. "I think it's going to be very effective. It's getting back to the basics of what football is."


"They are lifting bigger weights and will be stronger now," said Emrich


Center Roberto Garza, whom Clark calls a "weight room junkie" has been one of the leaders. So has cornerback Tim Jennings, whom Clark jokingly referred to as an "ornery little nut."

Other standouts, according to Clark, have been defensive end Julius Peppers, defensive tackle Stephen Paea, new linebackers James Anderson and D.J. Williams, safety Craig Steltz and running back Matt Forteicon1.png.


http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4684383/peppers-setting-sights-on-first-sack-award  Peppers setting sights on first sack award


BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers kept it low key Thursday in expressing a desire to be the first recipient of the Deacon Jones Award, which beginning this season will be given annually to the NFL's leader in sacks. 

A Hall of Fame defensive end, who coined the term "sack," Jones died in June of natural causes. Jones led the Rams' Fearsome Foursome from 1961 to '71 before playing for San Diego for two seasons and finishing with the Redskins in 1974. 

"I would love to have it," Peppers said of the award. "I'm not going to sit out here and make any bold predictions or brash statements about what I'm going to do. But yeah, I would love to have it." 

Jones was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980 and made the league's 75th anniversary all-time team. Peppers could be on the way to a similar path, having racked up 111.5 career sacks over 170 games, which ranks as 18th since 1982, when sacks became an official statistic. 

Peppers contributed 11.5 sacks in 2012 and has posted 30.5 sacks in three seasons with the Bears over 48 games. Peppers became the first Bear since 2001 and 2002 last season to register double-digit sacks in back-to-back seasons. In 2011, Peppers led the team with 11 sacks. 

"It's so impressive, it's hard to describe," Bears coach Marc Trestman said, "the way he carries himself around the locker room, through the meetings and certainly on the field. Watching him since April, just impressive; the consistent high level of effort. He's all over the field. He's first in line. We all want to grow up and be like Julius. Quite frankly, that's the kind of a man I think of him as." 

At 33 years old, Peppers doesn't expect to experience a decline in production any time soon. Since he entered the league in 2002, he ranks No. 2 behind Minnesota’s Jared Allen(117) in sacks. He has tallied 10.5 sacks or more in four of his past five seasons. 

"Once your body starts to [decline] physically, you have to put the work in," Peppers said. "I'm doing that. I wouldn't say it's any harder. I'm just doing the right things to get my recovery and working on the right things." 

But does Peppers feel himself aging? 

"No, not at all," he said. "I'm serious, I don't. I feel like I'm 25. Age is just a number that gets put on players. It's real, but it's really in your heart and your mind how you feel. I feel young in those places, and I think it's showing." 

Having lined up against Peppers the first few practices of training camp, Bears left tackleJermon Bushrod saw that firsthand. 

"He's intense every year. I've played him every year since I've been in the league. He brings it," Bushrod said. "He'll make you pay."






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what is it with all the trolls on this board the past few weeks


I honestly kind of miss the semi-intelligent trolls we used to have. This new bunch needs to be lobotomized.

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College Football Awards and honors[edit source | editbeta]


NFL awards and honors[edit source | editbeta]
  • NFL Rookie of the Month (10/02)
  • 2002 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year
  • 2004 NFL Alumni Defensive Lineman of the Year
  • 2004 NFC Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2013 Brian Piccolo Award
  • NFL 2000s All Decade Team
  • Pro-Football-Reference All 2000s Team
  • 100 Sacks Club
  • 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 NFC Pro Bowl
  • 2004, 2006, 2010 All-Pro First Team
  • 2008, 2009, 2012 All-Pro Second Team
  • Four time NFC Defensive Player of the Month (11/2004, 10/2006, 11/2010, 11/2011)
  • Five time NFC Defensive Player of the Week (11/13/06, 11/9/08, 11/1/09, 11/18/10,12/23/12)
Panthers franchise records[edit source | editbeta]
  • Most career sacks (81)
  • Most career forced fumbles (30)
  • Longest Interception return: 97 (vs. Denver Broncos 10/10/04)
NFL records and accomplishments[edit source | editbeta]
  • Most interception return yards by a defensive lineman in NFL history: 178 yds
  • Most interception return yards in a single season by a defensive lineman in NFL history: 143 yds
  • Longest interception return by a defensive lineman in NFL history: 97 yds
  • Most interception return yards in a single game by a defensive lineman in NFL history: 97 yds
  • Most combined interception and fumble return yards by a defensive lineman in a single season since NFL merger in 1970: 203 yds
  • Eighteenth most sacks in NFL history: 111.5
  • Tied for tenth most forced fumbles in NFL history: 37
  • Tied for second most interceptions by a defensive lineman in NFL history: 8
  • Third most passes defensed by a defensive lineman in NFL history: 59
  • Second most blocked kicks in NFL history: 13
  • Tied for fifth most double digit sack seasons in NFL history: 8
  • Tied for fourth most games with at least three sacks: 9
  • Tied for fifteenth most multiple sack games in NFL history: 28




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I remember when trolls at least knew how to format a freaking post.



really dude just highlight all the text that you copied and pasted and click the eraser button on the toolbar to wipe the obnoxious formatting.


better yet, click "sign out" in the top right corner of your browser window.

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