Former Packer Julius Peppers retires from NFL


GREEN BAY, Wis. - Julius Peppers, 39, announced Friday that he’s retiring after playing 17 seasons in the NFL. The Carolina Panthers drafted Peppers with their second pick in the 2002 draft.

The defensive end stared his first eight seasons with the Panthers before spending four years in Chicago with the Bears and then three seasons with the Packers. After his time in Green Bay, he returned to the Panthers, where he spent his last two season.

During his time with the Packers, Peppers recorded 104 tackles, 25 sacks,eight forced fumbles, two interceptions and two touchdowns.

Peppers, a future Hall of Famer, will finish fourth all time on the NFL’s sack list with 159.5 total sacks. He will finish behind Bruce Smith (200), Reggie White (198) and Kevin Greene (160). Peppers also appeared in nine Pro Bowls during his 17 seasons.