Julius Peppers headed to Green Bay

Julius Peppers headed to Green Bay

March 15 (UPI) -- Defensive end Julius Peppers signs three-year contract with Green Bay Packers worth up to $30 million.
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NFL: Green Bay 33, Chicago 28

CHICAGO, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Aaron Rodgers found Randall Cobb on a go-ahead, 48-yard score in the fourth quarter Sunday and Green Bay made the playoffs with a 33-28 win over Chicago.

NFL: Chicago 40, Pittsburgh 23

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Major Wright and Julius Peppers each returned a Pittsburgh turnover for a touchdown Sunday, propelling the Chicago Bears to a 40-23 win over the Steelers.
Bears' Peppers fined for hit on Rodgers

Bears' Peppers fined for hit on Rodgers

CHICAGO, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Chicago defensive end Julius Peppers was fined $10,000 by the NFL Thursday for a hit during the NFC Championship Game.

Peppers joins Bears to start free agency

LAKE FOREST, Ill., March 5 (UPI) -- The Chicago Bears signed defensive end Julius Peppers to a six-year contract Friday, highlighting a busy first day of NFL free agency.
NFL: Carolina 34, Arizona 21

NFL: Carolina 34, Arizona 21

PHOENIX, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Carolina's defense came up with six turnovers Sunday and led the Panthers to a 34-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals.
Panthers don't sign DE Julius Peppers

Panthers don't sign DE Julius Peppers

CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 15 (UPI) -- Carolina failed to come to terms with defensive end Julius Peppers before Wednesday's deadline for negotiating long-term deals with franchise players.

Panthers ink DE Julius Peppers

CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 24 (UPI) -- Disgruntled defensive end Julius Peppers of the Charlotte Panthers signed his one-year franchise tender Wednesday, ending a possible training camp holdout.

Peppers not at Carolina minicamp Friday

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 1 (UPI) -- Star defensive end Julius Peppers was a no-show Friday when the Carolina Panthers began their three-day minicamp.

Report: Panthers franchise Julius Peppers

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 19 (UPI) -- The Carolina Panthers placed their franchise tag on veteran defensive end Julius Peppers Thursday, the Charlotte Observer reported.
NFL: Carolina 17, Oakland 6

NFL: Carolina 17, Oakland 6

OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 9 (UPI) -- DeAngelo Williams accounted for more than half of Carolina's yardage and scored a touchdown Sunday in the Panthers' 17-6 victory over the Oakland Raiders.
Panthers put Peppers on IR

Panthers put Peppers on IR

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers of Carolina will end the 2007 season on injured reserve Wednesday because of a right-knee injury.

Vinny Testaverde returns to practice

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Vinny Testaverde Wednesday returned to the Carolina Panthers' practice field and could start this weekend's game against Atlanta.

Seven Bears make NFC Pro Bowl team

NEW YORK, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Seven Chicago Bears, including record-setting return specialist Devin Hester, were selected as starters for the NFC team's Pro Bowl team. Hester is among three Bears' specialists to make the team. Also tabbed were kicker Robbie Gould and special team memb

Hester leads NFC weekly honors

NEW YORK, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Chicago's Devin Hester, who tied an NFL record with a 108-yard return, was selected the NFC's special teams player of the week.
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Julius Peppers
Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers catches his breath on the sideline in the first half against the New England Patriots in preseason action at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2004. (UPI Photo/Nell Redmond)

Julius Frazier Peppers (born January 18, 1980) is an American football defensive end for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Carolina Panthers second overall in the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at North Carolina.

The youngest of three siblings, Peppers was born in Wilson, North Carolina, and raised in nearby Bailey. By the time he was a freshman at Southern Nash Senior High School, Peppers had grown to 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m), 225 lb (102 kg). Ray Davis, the football coach at Southern Nash, felt that Peppers would be an asset on the gridiron for the Firebirds, despite the fact that Peppers had never played football before. Davis' gamble would pay off. During his high school career, Peppers played running back and defensive lineman, finished his career with 3,501 rushing yards and 46 touchdowns, and was one of the most dangerous defensive linemen in the state. He also lettered in basketball and was voted All-Conference as a power forward for four consecutive years. In 1998, Southern Nash won the state championship in track for the first time in the school's history. Peppers contributed as a sprinter, winning the state championship in the 4×200 meter team relay and as a triple jumper. During his senior year (1997-98), he was named to the PARADE All-America team in football as an all-purpose talent and was also named Male Athlete of the Year by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. In 2005, Peppers was named by the Rocky Mount Telegram newspaper as one of the 50 Greatest Athletes from the Nash/Edgecombe (Twin County) area.

Peppers played defensive end for the UNC Tar Heels, where he won the Chuck Bednarik Award for the nation's top defensive player and the Lombardi Award as the best collegiate lineman in 2001. Peppers also won the Bill Willis Trophy as the nation's best defensive lineman. Peppers redshirted his freshman season. In the three following seasons at North Carolina, Peppers started 33 of the 34 games he played in. He is currently ranked second all-time in UNC history with 30.5 sacks. He accumulated 53 stops behind the line of scrimmage, 167 tackles, five interceptions, two fumble recoveries, five forced fumbles, 13 passes deflected, and 43 quarterback pressures (hurries) and returned two interceptions and one fumble recovery for touchdowns.

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