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Peppers.jpeg.39ad4a3aaa09bcd5fd9120f06e5dc193.jpegJulius Peppers is my favorite football player of all time, I'm glad that he came home to Carolina to finish his career, and to reinstate his relationship with his home state team and fans.

Peppers is one of the greatest defensive players in NFL history, he's a dominant/disruptive, havoc creating, game wrecking freak of nature that has made more game changing plays than nearly any other defensive player in league history. He wasn't just a pass rush specialist in his prime, he could set the edge and stop the run, take on double teams to free up teammates to make plays, pressure and sack the QB, force and recover fumbles, knock down passes, get interceptions, score defensive touchdowns, block kicks, etc. He was also extremely versatile being able to line up all across the front 7 at multiple position's to create mismatches. He could play Defensive End, Defensive Tackle, or Outside Linebacker being able to attack from anywhere at anytime. Heck he could probably have played Middle Linebacker or Safety in spot duty or even Offensive Tackle. And I'm sure he could of been an All-Pro at Tight End. And if he had chosen basketball over football, he would have excelled in that sport as well. Peppers is simply one of the most if not the most unique athlete's to ever play in the Natonal Football League. He was 300 pounds and moved with the agility and fluidity of a Defensive Back. He was Nicknamed the Freak of Nature for his God given physical attributes. 

But Peppers hasn't always been appreciated by the fans or the media, unlike his teammates, coaches, and front office personnel, the fans and media have said that Peppers "takes plays off" or "doesn't try hard" or "he's not a leader" all of which couldn't be further from the truth. Peppers was tagged with that unjust label coming out of college and it followed him throughout his NFL career, and yet it simply isn't true. Could Peppers have assembled one of the most impressive NFL resumes of all-time if he didn't actually put forth effort? Hopefully in his second go around with the Panthers the fans can appreciate what they have in Julius, one of the greatest players to ever step onto an NFL field. Here's to hoping he'll ride into the sunset, whenever he decides to retire, an NFL champion who helped bring the Panthers their first Lombardi trophy in franchise history, much like Lebron James did with his home state Cleveland Cavaliers. But regardless, there should be a bust with his name on it waiting in Canton 5 years after his retirement, when he enters the Hall of Fame on the first ballot. #90 should be retired by the Panthers organization and a statue of him placed outside of Bank of America Stadium, recognizing his stature as the greatest Carolina Panther in team history.

Great articles in the links in this thread about how Peppers is viewed by his NFL peers, about how he has been unjustly viewed as a player who takes plays off in his and other NFL personnel's words, how much of an impact he's had on the team's he's played for, how and why he left the Panthers in 2010, and about how he became a great leader for the Packers. I believe he will take on that leadership role with the Panthers as this season progresses. 
 
 

College Football Awards and honorsEdit

 
NFL awards and honors
 
  • NFL Rookie of the Month (10/02)
  • 2002 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year
  • Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie Team (2002)
  • 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, 2015 NFC Pro Bowl
  • 2004, 2006, 2010 All-Pro First Team
  • 2008, 2009, 2012 All-Pro Second Team
  • Six time NFC Defensive Player of the Week (11/13/06, 11/9/08, 11/1/09, 11/18/10, 12/23/12, 10/2/2014)
  • Four time NFC Defensive Player of the Month (11/2004, 10/2006, 11/2010, 11/2011)

Panthers franchise recordsEdit

  • Most career sacks: (81)
  • Most career forced fumbles: (30)
  • Longest Interception return: 97 yards (against the Denver Broncos on 10/10/04)

NFL records and accomplishmentsEdit

  • Fifth most sacks in NFL history: 143.5
  • Tied for fourth most double digit sack seasons in NFL history: 9
  • Tied for fifth most games with at least three sacks: 9
  • Tied for eighth most multiple sack games in NFL history: 35
  • Tied for third most forced fumbles in NFL history: 47
  • Second most interceptions by a defensive lineman in NFL history: 9 *11 career interceptions including time played as a linebacker
  • Most interception return yards by a defensive lineman in NFL history: 192 yds *293 career interception return yards including time played as a linebacker
  • Most interception return yards in a single season by a defensive lineman in NFL history: 143 yds
  • Most interception return yards in a single game by a defensive lineman in NFL history: 97 yds
  • Longest interception return 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
  • Tied for second most interceptions returned for a touchdown by a defensive lineman in NFL history: 2 *4 career interceptions returned for a touchdown including time played as a linebacker
  • Third most passes defensed by a defensive lineman in NFL history: 62 *76 career passes defensed including time played as a linebacker
  • Second most blocked kicks in NFL history: 13
  • Only player in NFL history to record at least 100 sacks and 10 interceptions
  • Only player in NFL history with 100-plus sacks and four interceptions returned for touchdowns
  • Peppers has three career games with at least a half-sack and an interception-return touchdown, the most such games in the NFL since the sack became an official statistic in 1982

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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OP might suck, but I'm pretty stoked to have Peppers back too. Peppers is the reason I'm a Panthers fan. But, I'll throw in the caveat that fans need to understand that this version of Peppers is pushing 40 and if you're expecting him to come in and pile up double digit sack numbers you're setting yourself up for a big disappointment. 

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http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/panthers/2006-11-22-peppers-cover_x.htm

Joe Theismann: 
After watching Peppers notch three sacks, bat down a pass and recover a fumble in a 24-10 win against Tampa Bay, ESPNMonday Night Football analyst Joe Theismann put Peppers in rarefied air, comparing him to Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor. 

"This is the best way to put in perspective the way we viewed Lawrence, and I think this is the way people should view Julius," Theismann says. "When coaches draw up defenses, they use letters to denote defensive players: 'C' for corner, 'S' for safety, so on. In Washington, we would use letters until it came to Lawrence. For him, we used No. 56, and it was always bigger than everything else. That visually put everything into context, saying, 'This guy is better than anybody else on that board.'

Theismann says Peppers is "the one I liken to Lawrence. The thing that separates them from a lot of players is instinct. A lot of coaches have to teach guys to take angles. But he's the kind of guy who can weave through traffic and be at the point of impact before everyone else."

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/panthers/2006-11-22-peppers-cover_x.htm

Joe Theismann:

"Julius Peppers is the best defensive player in football today."

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/11/14/aikman-peppers-is-a-game-changer/
Troy Aikman: 
For Aikman, the Bears allowing Peppers to attack the middle of an offensive line is reminiscent of one of the greatest defensive linemen in the history of the game he used to play against. 

“Going to back to when I was playing, they used to do that, the Philadelphia Eagles did, with Reggie White,” Aikman said. “You think you know where he’s going to be, or you anticipate that he’s going to be here most of the time, but then you know he’s going to move up and down that offensive line until he finds a matchup that he feels good about. That puts some stress on an offense.” 
 
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-11-18/sports/ct-spt-1118-bears-pompei-chicago--20111118_1_three-technique-famer-dan-hampton-bears
Dan Hampton: 
The Bears' other pass rushers might benefit from Peppers the DT more than Peppers the DE. 
"As a defensive end you can affect (only) so much of what happens," Hampton said. "If they turn a guard to you or chip you with a tight end, you're basically going to be a non-factor. But if you're coming up the middle, with his (6-foot-7, 287-pound) frame, it's a force. It's a deal breaker." 

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2010/11/29/hampton-peppers-is-leader-of-defense/
Dan Hampton: 
“Julius Peppers is the guy, the lead dog that is bringing this group from a mediocre group to a group that is throwing people around” Hampton said. “They were physical. They were relentless…Julius Peppers has been a huge influence on how, maybe, the way they prepare, but [also] the way they’re playing. And that’s the big thing.” 

http://www.si.com/nfl/2011/01/18/nfl-all-pro-team
Peter King: 
Though Peppers had but eight sacks this year, he had a huge impact on a defense that went from 21st in the league in points allowed in 2009 to fourth this year; from 4.3 yards per rush last year to 3.7 this year; from 29 touchdown passes surrendered last year to 14 this year. He pushes the pocket. He buzzes around the quarterback. He makes other guys -- Israel Idonije, Tommie Harris -- better.There's no question the return of Brian Urlacher at the pivot point of the defense has been a significant addition, but Peppers has been the most important reason the Bears have become the Monsters of the Midway again, and that's why he's my defensive player of the year. 
He's the John Stockton of the Bears defense, the guy who makes everyone around him better. 

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/2011-07-04-top-10-defensive-ends_n.htm
Deacon Jones: 
"Julius Peppers impresses me as much as anyone," Jones says. "He has it all." 

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/article128154084.html

Dwight Freeney:

“He’s played a long time, man. Great, great, great player. He’s pushed me all my career,” Freeney said. “He’s had an amazing career. If he does call it an end, it’s been a great ride.”

 

http://m.panthers.com/news/article-2/Mike-Rucker-comments-on-Julius-Peppers-return/367051ab-0863-41d5-9288-9d96a91a058c

Mike Rucker:

On what he thought when he heard Julius Peppers was coming back: "We played six years together and we've been through some great times. We've been through a lot. And he helped me grow. I don't know if he really knew this - but with his ability and him getting double-teamed, I needed to make sure that his sacrifice in taking that on wasn't for nothing. So that elevated my game.

http://www.panthers.com/news/article-2/20-Seasons-of-Panthers-Football-2002/bb0a87ce-2840-4d14-975f-f7a7455827b8

John Fox:

Peppers, meanwhile, ended his rookie season with a team-high 12 sacks and earned the Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award. First-year head coach John Fox said Peppers was very deserving of the award. "I have been pretty blessed to be around some good players as an assistant coach, but Julius would have to rival some of the best I have seen."

http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/jets/post/_/id/3656/rexs-favorite-bear
Rex Ryan: 
Of course, I also realize that this guy is the best there is. 
"He’s another guy, you can’t throw over him," Ryan said. "That’s what’s so underrated about him. You can try to throw intermediate passes over him ... Well, maybe you can or maybe you can’t. The guy’s wingspan is incredible. His height, wingspan. It’s just incredible how many plays he makes. He’ll bat it down and then he’ll catch it. There’s very few Julius Peppers’ walking the face of this earth." 

http://deadspin.com/5611609/brian-urlacher-thinks-julius-peppers-is-the-best-player-hes-ever-seen
Brian Urlacher: 
"I'll say this about Peppers, he's the best football player I've ever seen. He's 300 pounds. He does things DBs are doing. I don't know how we got him, but I'm glad we did." 

http://www.chicagobears.com/news/article-1/Urlacher-tabs-Peppers-as-defensive-player-of-the-year/69ED8054-EC49-4AE4-BE78-DD616BBEC8A6

Brian Urlacher:

He’s unbelievable,” Urlacher said Thursday. “In my mind, he’s defensive player of the year. There’s no one player in the NFL that affects the game on defense more than he does.

http://www.yardbarker.com/
Lovie Smith: 
"Julius Peppers is arguably the best player in the NFL, that is what I think. I get a chance to watch him. The things he does, you know, he will very seldom lead the league in sacks because he gets respect always double team, triple team. But he had a heck of a year." 

http://sports.espn.go.com/boston/nfl/news/story?id=5900330
Lovie Smith: 
"No doubt, he makes the defense better. We've had great football players here, but this is a special player we're talking about," Smith said. 

Bill Belichick: 
"You could put him anywhere on the field," Belichick said. "He can play on the front line, he could play linebacker. He could play strong safety. He could play anywhere on the defensive line. He's tall. Richard Seymour was tall and he played there. Put him out at tight end, make a left tackle out of him. I wouldn't want to tackle him if he was carrying the ball. He's a great player." 

Tom Brady: 
"He's one of the best in the league. He's big, strong, fast, athletic. He's got seven sacks, wreaking havoc," Brady said. 

 

http://amp.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/nfl-blog/article190264294.html

Aaron Rodgers:

“Julius Peppers and I have been teammates and there is a close friendship there,” said Rodgers after the Panthers’ 31-24 victory. “We talked at length before the game and talked after the game. He’s just one of those guys you really enjoy playing with, he’s a phenomenal teammate, he’s one of the greatest of all time. He’ll be a first-ballot Hall of Famer and (I was) just paying respect.”

 
Kurt Warner:
“We haven’t seen very many guys that are that big and that athletic and have really the whole package,” said Warner, a Hall of Fame inductee this year. “And then to do it as well and as long as he has, I would have to think it’s a no-brainer that one day he’ll be sporting a gold jacket, as well.”

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2009/12/10/belichick-calls-peppers-one-of-the-best-players-in-the-league/

Bill Belichick:

“He’s a great player, I mean, he’s one of the best players in the league,” Belichick said. “I have no problems saying that. . . . Julius Peppers is outstanding.”

http://www.panthers.com/news/article-2/Opposing-View-Panthers-vs-Eagles/f1555f53-cf26-4926-a6f3-019c1af90d6d

Doug Pederson :

On preparing for Julius Peppersicon-article-link.gif when he was with Green Bay: "I remember we had to account for him wherever he lined up. He’s a guy that can lineup inside and outside and all over the place. We made a conscious effort to have a tight end on him or a running back in that direction or slide the protection in that direction. He’s always been a dominating player wherever he’s been and he’s kind of back to that form now."

http://archive.jsonline.com/blogs/sports/275344501.html

Marty Hurney:

“When you talk to him,” Hurney said, “he’s so soft spoken and he doesn’t say a ton. But what he says, means a lot. The easiest way to see it is to watch the tape — the big plays, the impact plays he makes. Go through his career, there are so many games he makes the impact play that decides the game or turns the momentum. He’s an impact player, he’s a playmaker that makes big plays at critical times.”

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4667827/angelos-thoughts-on-lovie-peppers-and-more
Jerry Angelo: 
I think he’s great. I wouldn’t take another defensive player in the league outside of him. He’s a great player. He has impacted our defense. He’s a guy you have to account for. He plays all three downs. Don’t let the sack numbers be the end result of how you measure this guy. He really, truly is a great player. He has been a great leader for us, too, and you can’t minimize the intangibles. I think a big part of why we’ve been playing good defense is intangibly, we’re very, very strong. I’ve got to say this: It starts with him. 

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B02EFD8113DF932A3575BC0A9669D8B63
Michael Strahan: 
Q. Who do you think will break your record of 22.5 sacks in a season?A. DeMarcus Ware is amazing. Julius Peppers is amazing. They look like they can do it. 

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-12-02/sports/ct-spt-1202-d-line-bears-chicago--20111202_1_peppers-israel-idonije-sacks
"Guy is a monster," weak-side linebacker Lance Briggs said. 

Offered Idonije: "He literally is throwing guys all over the place. I mean, throwing tackles, tight ends, it doesn't matter who he's lined up against. He has his way with those guys. It's just incredible to watch." 

It's the kind of performance that doesn't translate into stat sheets and doesn't even get its proper due on a highlight show. 

"The numbers don't talk about what he did," defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said. "It was the intensity of the game he played at, the speed. My God, the details of his pass rush. Forget the sacks already. Some of the rushes where the ball came out quick, they were some of the prettiest rushes you'd ever want to see. Just beautiful, the skill, the technique, the work habit, you know? He's starting to really come right now. It ignites everybody else around him." 

http://www.basketballforum.com/#/topics/197844

John Bunting:

"He's simply the most unique athlete I've ever seen on the football field, and I had (linebacker) Derrick Thomas in Kansas City," Bunting said. "Julius just has every tool you want in a football player."

http://slumz.boxden.com/f16/deep-article-on-julius-peppers-786596/
Howie Long: 
"It's rare when you have the opportunity to see a player who is ahead of his time," said Howie Long, a Hall of Fame defensive end and Fox Sports NFL analyst. "Lawrence Taylor was ahead of his time. Kellen Winslow was ahead of his time. They gave you a snapshot glimpse of what you could see in the future. Julius Peppers is that way." 

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/panthers/2006-11-22-peppers-cover_x.htm

Mike Rucker:

"He's changing the sport," Panthers defensive end Mike Rucker says. "A defensive end, 280, 290, with his speed? You don't see that. You might get an end who is 290 pounds, but he's not moving that fast."

https://www.jockbio.com/Bios/Peppers/Peppers_quotes.html

“Julius has the potential with his talent to be as good as anybody who’s ever played.”
—Veteran quarterback Rodney Peete

“He’s one of those rare pass rushers who has a dominant effect on a game. He’s simply a better athlete than any offensive tackle he faces.”
—Duke football coach Carl Franks

“I think he’ll be come a prototype for the next generation of defensive ends. He’s got all the ingredients to never get blocked.”
—Former Tar Heels assistant coach Donnie Thompson

“I was in Detroit, and Barry Sanders was the only guy I ever saw who could stop and start like that.”
—Panthers offensive line coach Paul Boudreau

“I can tell you right now that Carolina has never had anybody in the history of the franchise like this guy. He’s going to be a special, special pass-rusher.”
—Boudreau

“Julius has great drive to be a great player. He has played through some bumps and bruises, things that some players won’t fight through. I think he’s a tough young man.”
—Panthers head coach John Fox

“He wants to redefine his position, and he knows that he has to really study film, hit his playbook and learn the subtleties of the game.”
—Former Tar Heels teammate David Thornton

https://www.maxwellfootballclub.org/julius-peppers/

Joel Buchsbaum

“(Peppers) has the body of a Greek god,” wrote Joel Buchsbaum of Pro Football Weekly. “He looks almost skinny at 285 and only has about six percent body fat. He has freakish athletic ability and at times, he will make plays that nobody else could even conceive of making. If you wanted the physical prototype of an NFL defensive end, you would probably end up very close to what Peppers is.”

http://www.footballoutsiders.com/every-play-counts/2006/every-play-counts-julius-peppers

Peppers showed on Sunday that he's not just a good player. He's the best defensive player in the NFL. 

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ys-peppersbears011411

“[Peppers] can force them to change what they’re doing, because they have to pay more attention to him,” Idonije said. “I’ve been fortunate this year just to be able to reap the benefits of that.” 

http://nflcommunications.com/2014/09/02/quotes-from-nfl-networks-nfl-gameday-season-preview/

Warren Sapp: 
“Not since Reggie White have the Packers had a pass rusher of this magnitude.” 

http://www.packers.com/news-and-events/article-ask-vic/article-1/Julius-Peppers-mightve-become-the-next-LT/ac0a0a0a-90be-43ee-90bc-6382654012d0

Vic Ketchman: 
"Here’s something I’ve decided about Peppers: He was out of position for 12 years. Had he been drafted No. 1 overall in 2002, as he should’ve been, he would’ve been used as a play-making linebacker. Instead of having to put his hand down, identify himself to the defense and become a stationary target, he could’ve been used in a manner that would’ve made him more difficult to find and block. He might’ve become the next Lawrence Taylor."

http://www.espn.com/nfl/columns/story?id=5659702&columnist=isaacson_melissa

Dan Hampton: 

"All I can tell you is that, in an abstract way, the sack is overrated," the Bears' Hall of Fame defensive end said. "More important is the relentless ability [Peppers] has to force the opposition to account for him first and foremost. That makes what they want to do as an offense always secondary to what they have to do."

http://peninsulaclarion.com/stories/041902/spo_0419020015.shtml#.WY8AW3MpDqB

Dick Vermeil:

''If I had the first pick in the draft, I'd take him,'' Kansas City coach Dick Vermeil said. ''Julius Peppers is one of those guys who comes along every 10 years. A bigger Deacon Jones.''

 

https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/mike-mccarthy-calls-julius-peppers-a-hall-of-fame-player/amp/

Mike McCarthy:  

“I think it shows the impact he has in our locker room,” McCarthy said on Friday during his press conference. “To get a veteran player that late in his career, a Hall of Fame player in my opinion, his approach to the game is so professional. This is the first year we’ve held him out of practice, but he has a great work ethic in practice. When he speaks, everybody listens. He’s done a phenomenal job with our young players. He’s done a tremendous job during his time here in Green Bay.”

Marshall Faulk:

“I did not like playing@juliuspeppers_. He was a nightmare. He’s showing to still be that nightmare.”

http://www.packersnews.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/2016/06/24/julius-peppers-hof-credentials-unquestioned/86239536/

Each of the top three living career sack leaders — Bruce Smith, Greene and Chris Doleman — said Peppers should be a Hall of Famer even if he retired today. That’s without winning a Super Bowl ring in his career, mind you.

“I do. I really do,” Doleman said. “His longevity, his production. That’s pretty awesome. And he was on teams that were successful.”

“I’m a huge statistics guy,” Smith said. “Based upon where he ranks and what he’s been able to accomplish, he has the qualifications. Yeah, he’s a phenomenal talent.”

“I think Julius is obviously stringing together a fine career,” Greene said. “That’s really what I want to see as a fella that’s going into the Hall of Fame this summer. I want to see somebody doing it over a long period of time at a high level. I think that deserves some serious consideration, when you can put that together. I’m not just talking 10 years. I want to see 12, 14, 15, 16 years at a high, impactful level, production-wise, making an impact late in his career. Offenses still having to account for them late in his career. Then you know that’s a special kind of dude, and I do believe that Julius falls into that category.”

https://www.patsfans.com/new-england-patriots/messageboard/threads/bill-belichick-on-peppers.224208/

Bill Belichick : 

Q: They didn’t seem to move Peppers around much. 

BB: I don’t think they need to move him. He causes plenty of problems where he is. He’s a hard guy to deal with. He’s hard to run at. He’s hard to throw at. That’s where most of the right-handed quarterbacks have to throw, into that left side. He’s a factor there one way or the other. Because the offense usually extends a little bit to try to take care of him, they like to bring to the linebackers and blitz them up inside, whether it’s [Will] Witherspoon or Morgan or [Brandon] Short, whoever it is. So, as the line widens, to take Peppers and give attention to Peppers, that opens up a lot of the inside pressures for them. So, they do a good job of that. He’s a good player. We talked about last week [Randy] Moss being kind of in a special category offensively for the Raiders. I think you have to put Peppers in that same, whatever category that is, defensively. You have to know where he is every play. If they move him, they move him. If they don’t, sometimes they drop him. Sometimes they stunt him. A lot of times when they move him, they move him after the snap. In other words, the ball is snapped and he’s stunts down inside or he’s on a gain or something like that. It’s not like he doesn’t move off of that spot. But, for the most part, he does align there. At times he reduces down. But for the most part, he is on that tackle. 

Q: What about when he was at receiver? Didn’t they throw him a couple of jump balls in the corner of the end zone last year? 

BB: Yes. Well, he has played tight end. 

Q: What do you do there? 

BB: It’s hard. He’s a hard guy to match up against. The guy could probably play… he certainly could play outside linebacker. We know he can play defensive end. I imagine he could probably move inside and play defensive tackle. There's no question he could play tight end. He probably could play offensive tackle. He's 290-something pounds. You're talking about a guy that could probably play six or seven positions on the field. That's pretty unusual. 

Q: I was wondering because in that game, that Super Bowl game, there were a number of plays that you guys went right at Peppers, whether it was with Daniel Graham or Richard [Seymour] on the goal line play and took care of him on those particular plays. Since then, how has Julius changed? 

BB: Well, I think any player that has had a couple of extra years in the league gets better and I think Peppers is better now than he was then, but he was pretty good then too. He's a guy that we had to account for heavily in that game and did take into consideration in terms of our protections and our calls and even the plays that we ran. I don't think you want to run every single play throwing away from a corner or run away from a certain player on every single play. I think you have to do enough to keep them honest. But, there's no question that Peppers is a guy that you have to game plan for offensively. You have to know where he is. He can ruin the game and we've seen that plenty of times.

9/15/2005
Q: How has Julius Peppers improved in since you last played him in the Super Bowl? 
BB: Well, we played him last year in the preseason. So, we got a good look at him down there too. He played a lot in that game. I think he is essentially the same player, but he is more experienced, he reads some plays quicker, reacts quicker, and uses his hands. He used them well, but he's even improved on that. He's a hard guy to fool and even if you do get him out of position a little bit, he's such a great athlete, he has a lot of speed and power that he can recover very quickly. Again, it's different, but similar to coaching a player like Lawrence Taylor who, in all honesty, was out of position quite a bit, but he was such an exceptional athlete and was so fast and explosive, even though he was out of position, he could recover and still get back in on the play, which most players really can't do, or they can't do it as well as he could. Peppers is a little bit in that category. He makes a lot of plays and then there's times when he is a little bit out of position, but he recovers very quickly. 

Q: How does he influence what an offense does? 
BB: Well, I think you have to account for him every play. You have to know where he is. He can ruin the game. Just like he did with the Giants. He ruined [Eli] Manning for about a month, too. He went in there, they had him double teamed, he blew past the tackle, strip sacked the ball and messed up Manning's elbow, scooped it up and ran in for a 60-yard touchdown. It doesn't get any worse than that. But, that is the kind of play he can make. And he was supposed to be doubled on the play, too. He's an impact player. You have to know where he is. You have to defend him. He beat us inside on a rush down there in the preseason game last year, I don't know, for about a 15, 17-yard sack, whatever it was. We don't have any quarterbacks that can run away from him. I can tell you that. If he's after us, he's going to get us. He's a lot faster than we are.

Q: [Julius] Peppers was really hot. Did you look at him that year?

BB: Yeah, but we were picking 32nd that year, so the chances of him being there when we were picking were [small]. And there were a number of players that year—[Ryan] Sims was there that year if I am not mistaken, he came out that year and he went to Kansas City. I think they had somebody else too. Yeah, we saw him. He is a tremendous athlete. He can do pretty much anything you want him to do coming off the edge. He can run fast, jump over guys, but he is a big guy and has a lot of power. He plays the run well. He is strong at the point. He can get up field and beat the guys around the corner. He can come inside and power them. He is a terrific player.

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Peppers, a misguided malingerer who could only pair with an idiot like Hurney to completely screw our cap for 2 years as Marty was trying to retain a player who didn't want to be here via the Franchise Tag. Complete roster failure for 2 years.

FFS they're both back. Hopefully Pepper's current Gettleman contract and Hurney never meet this year.

Peppers has some serious payback to make good this year.

 

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15 minutes ago, LinvilleGorge said:

OP might suck, but I'm pretty stoked to have Peppers back too. Peppers is the reason I'm a Panthers fan. But, I'll throw in the caveat that fans need to understand that this version of Peppers is pushing 40 and if you're expecting him to come in and pile up double digit sack numbers you're setting yourself up for a big disappointment. 

Dude is unreal to be playing at this age but with that said he is not our premier pass rusher. He will still be a threat though and when you have to game plan him, KK, Star, and Addison thats a problem. Pep is also even better for us now with how our DEs drop into zones. He has been doing that for GB for years. Also our run game should be stout with every DE on our roster being able to seal the edge. Last year Ealy was a easy target but you run at CJ or Pep like that and game over. 

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Peppers' title pursuit could lead to Canton

http://www.packersnews.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/2015/11/06/peppers-pursuit-could-lead-canton/75314070/

 

http://m.panthers.com/news/article-2/Julius-Peppers-returns-home-to-make-things-right/29b04200-c8ba-4b2f-a2d1-47d04fd11db1

 


"The growth as a person was important for me," explained Peppers, a North Carolina native. "Going away and seeing something different, having that experience made me realize that home is where the heart is. That's what led to my motivation of wanting to come back, missing this place so much."

"I always wanted to come back and repair the relationships and build that bridge back, not only with the team but with the fans, the people," Peppers said. "That's what this game is about, it's about relationships. That was the most important thing for me to come back and tie up these loose ends and give the fans and everybody another chance to see me wear this uniform again."

 

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/scott-fowler/article165372097.html

 

He’s a Super Freak: Julius Peppers, at age 37, still amazes teammates

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For those of you thinking we just brought back Peppers for the feels have it all wrong.

Peppers is still a highly productive pass rusher. Make no mistake, he made a huge impact with inferior talent surrounding him in Green Bay, still amassing 7+ sacks every season (minus season he was injured) since his rookie year. 

Trust me on this. Peppers IS an upgrade to our defensive ends, and he will be making noise.

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20 minutes ago, Saca312 said:

For those of you thinking we just brought back Peppers for the feels have it all wrong.

Peppers is still a highly productive pass rusher. Make no mistake, he made a huge impact with inferior talent surrounding him in Green Bay, still amassing 7+ sacks every season (minus season he was injured) since his rookie year. 

Trust me on this. Peppers IS an upgrade to our defensive ends, and he will be making noise.

We'll see

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https://www.google.com/amp/touchdownwire.usatoday.com/2017/07/10/7-active-nfl-players-who-most-deserve-a-super-bowl-ring-before-they-retire/amp/

1. Julius Peppers

Defensive end – Carolina Panthers

Remember that Pro Football reference average value number I mentioned earlier? It’s a complex stat that places a numerical value on player’s overall value during a season. First and second on the list of active players with the highest career average value are Brady and Brees. Third is Julius Peppers – ahead of even Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers.

To say that Peppers has been a complete and utter beast since he first put cleat to grass in the NFL is an understatement. The 2002 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and 2004 NFC Defensive Player of the Year has been one of the most dominant, consistent and versatile players on either side of the ball for a very long time. He ranks 5th in career sacks with 143.5 and has 11 career interceptions, 78 passes defensed and 50 forced fumbles.

Peppers revolutionized the hybrid defensive end/linebacker position, opening the doors for players like J.J. Watt  and he stayed almost impossible healthy while doing it. Peppers has only missed two games in the fourteen years since his 12-game rookie season.

The 2017 season may very well be his last,so it’s now or never if Cam Newton and company are going to help this man go get his ring.

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We get it you LOVE Pep, I do too.  I'm really excited about him being back.  Keep Pounding

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