Published: Sat, February 02, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Julius Peppers announces retirement after 17 seasons

Julius Peppers announces retirement after 17 seasons

Peppers grew up in North Carolina and finished out his career with his hometown Carolina Panthers.

The 39-year-old defensive end announced that he will quit on Friday with an emotional thank you note to the Panthers community, saying, "It's not goodbye, it's kinda like, 'I'll see you later'". The defensive end is the only player in league history with at least 150 sacks and 10 interceptions - he had 11 of those - and also blocked 13 field goals and extra-point attempts. That point is now. He was named to the NFL Pro Bowl on nine occasions beginning in 2004, and as recent as 2015.

In 266 career games, Peppers amassed 716 tackles, including 553 solo tackles and 163 assisted.

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He retires with 159.5 sacks, which ranks fourth on the all-time leaderboard behind only Kevin Greene, Reggie White, and Bruce Smith.

It's a shame that he never won a Super Bowl. "I would have loved to have helped deliver that to the fans in Carolina, but I'm content with the career that I had". Peppers then spent four years in Chicago before joining the Packers in 2014. "I was very proud to wear that uniform". After four years in Chicago, he spent three seasons with the Green Bay Packers before returning to the Panthers for the final two years of his career. Peppers penned his announcement on The Players' Tribune.

Peppers was voted to the NFL's 2000s All-Decade Team, and was the only remaining defender from that team still active in 2018. According to Pro Football Reference, Peppers is the only player they can find with more than 150 sacks and more than 50 forced fumbles.

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