Julius Peppers has retired from the NFL he announced on Friday in an article for The Players’ Tribune.
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— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) February 1, 2019
Peppers played 17 NFL seasons, with time spent on the Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears.
In his career, Peppers totaled 724 tackles, 175 tackles for loss, 159.5 sacks, 52 forced fumbles, 21 fumble recoveries, 82 passes defended, 11 interceptions and four touchdowns. He finishes his time in the NFL as the fourth all-time leading sacker behind Bruce Smith, Reggie White and Kevin Greene.
Although Peppers never won a Super Bowl, he did appear in Super Bowl XXXVIII for the Panthers. Carolina lost to New England 32-29.
He will retire as a nine-time Pro Bowler, three-time All-Pro and also won the 2002 Defensive Rookie of the Year Award.