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Julius Peppers Announces Retirement; Enshrinement in Hall of Fame Likely Down the Road

Dec 24, 2017; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers (90) on the field in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Defensive end Julius Peppers has officially announced his retirement from the NFL at the age of 39. He played in the NFL for 17 seasons. Peppers played for the Carolina Panthers, the Green Bay Packers, and the Chicago Bears.

He is fourth all time in sacks with 159.5. Julius Peppers recorded 724 tackles in his career. He also had six defensive touchdowns in his career (four pick sixes and two of them were fumble returns). Peppers also forced 52 fumbles and recovered 21 of them. He also had 82 pass deflections.

Julius Peppers was also the second overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft. At one point in time, he was one of the best defensive players in the game. Peppers made it to the Pro Bowl nine times in his career. He also won Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2002. Julius Peppers was First-team All-Pro three times and he was Second-team All-Pro three times.

With all of his accomplishments, he will probably be in the Football Hall of Fame one day.

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