Funny you make the comparison because Peppers and Hardy are very different. Peppers has always been a better athlete than anyone he has ever played against on every level. He seems unmotivated and bored as a result. If he had Hardy's work ethic and drive, he would have been the NFL's greatest player-ever. His size, speed, athleticism is unmatched.
But the NFL is not about pure athleticism. It is about desire, determination, and drive. Peppers never needed it, so he doesn't have it. Hardy has it. Tom Brady is a terrible excuse for an athlete, but he has it. JJ Watts has it. Jake Delhomme had it-while never great, look what he did with "below average."
Give me JJ Watts and Tom Brady any day. I would take, right now, Greg Hardy over Julius Peppers.
I hear you and you're completely right, yes right now I would take Hardy too
But I highly doubt Hardy highest point in his career > Peppers highest point. Yes while not completely motivated, Hardy is no Peppers