After 17 dominating seasons in the NFL, legendary Panthers Defensive End Julius Peppers has just announced his retirement.
In Pepper’s tear-jerking video posted on Twitter, he soulfully considers all the reasons he is thankful and what might come next.
“No regrets, no looking back. It’s not goodbye, it’s kind of like I’ll see you later. But until then…I’m grateful, I’m satisfied, and at peace with all that comes next….thank you.”
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— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) February 1, 2019
In another video he posted along with a full-length article on The Player’s Tribune he says, “It’s a little weird to say it…I’m retiring…”
Peppers was first drafted by the Carolina Panthers with the second pick in the 2002 NFL Draft. After spending 8 seasons with the Panthers, he went to the Bears for 2 years, then returned to the Panthers for the final 2 seasons of his legendary career.
His legacy is now littered with records – Peppers currently ranks 4th for all-time sacks (at 159.5) and is the only player in NFL history with 150 sacks and 10 interceptions. He holds a ton of Panthers franchise records, has the 3rd most defensive touchdowns among all NFL linemen and linebackers, and he was voted into the Pro Bowl 9 times and to All-Pro teams 6 times.
Thank you for your passion, your heart, and your character. Thank you for inspiring us and giving us hope. Thank you for all you’ve done for our team, our city, and our states.