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Julius Peppers
DE #90
Height:
6-7
Weight:
283
College:
North Carolina
Hometown:
Bailey, N.C.
Experience:
8
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 188 564 453 111 118.5 0 61 9 2 192 -- 97
2014 GB 2 8 5 3 0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- --
2013 CHI 16 45 31 14 7 0 3 1 0 14 14 14
2012 CHI 16 39 32 7 11.5 -- 2 -- -- -- -- --
2011 CHI 16 37 33 4 11 -- 4 -- -- -- -- --
2010 CHI 16 54 43 11 8 -- 9 2 0 1 0.5 1
2009 CAR 16 42 36 6 10.5 0 5 2 1 13 6.5 13
2008 CAR 16 51 40 11 14.5 -- 5 -- -- -- -- --
2007 CAR 14 38 30 8 2.5 -- 5 1 0 0 -- 0
2006 CAR 16 57 48 9 13 -- 6 -- -- -- -- --
2005 CAR 16 50 38 12 10.5 -- 6 -- -- -- -- --
2004 CAR 16 64 52 12 11 0 7 2 1 143 71.5 97
2003 CAR 16 44 37 7 7 -- 3 -- -- -- -- --
2002 CAR 12 35 28 7 12 -- 4 1 0 21 21 21

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TRANSACTIONS
Designated as franchise player by Carolina (2/19/09)...Placed on injured reserve by Carolina with an injured right knee (12/26/07)...Selected by Carolina in the first round (second overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft (4/20/02).

GP/GS
Career (122/120) [8/8]; 2009 (16/14); 2008 (16/16) [1/1]; 2007 (14/14); 2006 (16/16); 2005 (16/16) [3/3]; 2004 (16/16); 2003 (16/16) [4/4]; 2002 (12/12).

2008
Started all 16 games for the fifth time in his career...Led the Panthers with a career-high 14.5 sacks to go along with 63 tackles, 29 quarterback hurries, five forced fumbles and seven passes defensed...14.5 sacks equaled the second-highest single-season total in team history, previously accomplished by Kevin Greene 14.5 in 1996, and was half a sack behind Greene's team-record 15 in 1998...HONORS: NFC Defensive Player of the Week at Oakland (11/9) after posting three sacks, two forced fumbles, eight tackles and three quarterback hurries...Pro Bowl starter for the fourth time in his career...Vs. Chicago (9/14): Teamed with linebacker Thomas Davis to make crucial stop on fourth-and-one and seal victory with 1:52 remaining...At Minnesota (9/21): Sacked Vikings quarterback Gus Frerotte for an eight-yard loss in the third quarter...Vs. Atlanta (9/28): Dropped Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan for a five-yard sack in the fourth quarter...Vs. Kansas City (10/5): Sacked Chiefs quarterback Damon Huard for a nine-yard loss and forced a fumble that was recovered by defensive tackle Damione Lewis on the first play of the third quarter...Contributed to defensive effort that recorded the fourth regular season shutout in team history while limiting Chiefs to 127 total yards...Vs. New Orleans (10/19): Took down Saints quarterback Drew Brees for a three-yard sack in the first quarter...Forced a fumble by Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey that was recovered by safety Chris Harris in the second quarter...At Oakland (11/9): Produced seventh career three-sack performance...Sacked Raiders quarterback Andrew Walter twice for a loss of 13 yards, causing a fumble on the second sack...Sacked Raiders quarterback Marcus Tuiasosopo once for a loss of nine yards and a forced fumble...Vs. Detroit (11/16): Sacked Lions quarterback Daunte Culpepper twice for 12 yards and a forced fumble that was recovered by defensive end Hilee Taylor...At Green Bay (11/30): Victimized Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers for two sacks, one in the third quarter for a five-yard loss and again in the fourth quarter...Vs. Tampa Bay (12/8): Shared a sack of Buccaneers quarterback Jeff Garcia with defensive end Charles Johnson for a five-yard loss in the second quarter...Corralled Garcia again for a two-yard sack in the fourth quarter... At New York (12/21): Sacked Eli Manning for an eight-yard loss in the fourth quarter...At New Orleans (12/28): Dropped Saints quarterback Drew Brees for a nine-yard sack in the third quarter...NFC Divisional Playoffs Vs. Arizona (1/10): Recorded two tackles and one quarterback hurry.

2007
Started 14 games and was inactive for one game before being placed on injured reserve with an injured right knee (12/26)...Totaled 55 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 19 quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one interception and three passes defensed...Blocked two field goals on special teams for the second consecutive season to match his team single-season record...Only second time in career he did not record 10 or more sacks...Key member of defense that finished the season 11th in the NFL in yards per play and fourth in rushing yards per attempt...Helped defense limit opponents to less than 100 yards rushing in seven games...Inactive versus Dallas (12/22) with a knee injury...At St. Louis (9/9): Recovered a fumble caused by Chris Harris...At New Orleans (10/7): Blocked 20-yard field goal attempt by Saints kicker Olindo Mare in the fourth quarter to fuel Panthers comeback victory...At Arizona (10/14): Posted 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery...Sacked Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner and forced a fumble that he recovered in the first quarter...Caused a fumble by Cardinals quarterback Tim Rattay...At Green Bay (11/18): Sacked Packers quarterback Brett Favre in the first quarter...Blocked 49-yard field goal attempt by Packers kicker Mason Crosby in the first quarter...Vs. New Orleans (11/25): Picked off Saints quarterback Drew Brees on a pass he deflected to himself for fourth career interception.

2006
Started all 16 games for the fourth consecutive season...Totaled 75 tackles, 13 sacks, 38 quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and six passes defensed...Set a Panthers single-season record with two blocked field goals...Led the team in sacks and quarterback hurries and defensive line in tackles for third consecutive season...13 sacks tied for second in the NFC, marking the fourth time in his five-year career that he compiled at least 10 sacks...Posted a streak of five games with at least one sack, which matched the longest streak of his career, previously accomplished in 2002...Became the first player in franchise history  to record 50 sacks...Produced two games with three sacks......Key member of defensive unit that finished seventh in the NFL in total defense and tied for eighth in scoring defense, allowing 19.1 points per game...Helped unit rank 11th in the League in rushing yards per game, third in third-down efficiency and seventh in sacks per pass play...41 sacks by defense is the fourth-highest total in team history...Helped defense limit opponents to less than 100 yards rushing in nine contests...NFC PLAYER OF THE MONTH: Named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for October after compiling four sacks, 12 quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, 32 tackles and two passes defensed in five games...NFC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week following performance versus Tampa Bay (11/13) in which he registered three sacks of  Buccaneers quarterback Bruce Gradkowski and one fumble recovery...Marked sixth career game with three sacks...PRO BOWL: Starter at defensive end for third consecutive season...One of two defensive players in franchise history to appear in three Pro Bowls along with defensive tackle Kris Jenkins...One of three Panthers chosen, joining  wide receiver Steve Smith and Jenkins…Fourth consecutive season that at least three Carolina players were selected to the Pro Bowl...Vs. Atlanta (9/10): Blocked a 50-yard field goal attempt by Falcons kicker Michael Koenen...At Minnesota (9/17): Posted three sacks of Vikings quarterback Brad Johnson...Blocked a 51-yard field goal attempt by Vikings kicker Ryan Longwell...At Tampa Bay: Produced one sack of Buccaneers quarterback Chris Simms...Vs. New Orleans (10/1): Sacked Saints quarterback Drew Brees...Vs. Cleveland (10/8): Posted seven tackles, seven quarterback hurries and one sack of Browns quarterback Charlie Frye...At Baltimore (10/15): Notched two sacks and forced fumble of Ravens quarterback Kyle Boller, enabling him to tie Mike Minter for the most forced fumbles in team history with 16...Vs. Tampa Bay (11/14): Equaled a team record and single-game best with three sacks to become the first player in team history to collect 50 career sacks...At Atlanta (12/24): Corralled two sacks of Falcons quarterback Michael Vick...Marked 13th career contest with two or more sacks.

2005
Started all 16 games for the third consecutive season...Totaled 70 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 34 quarterback hurries, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and four passes defensed...Blocked one field goal on special teams, the third of his career...Led defense in sacks and quarterback hurries and defensive line in tackles for second consecutive season...Produced two games with three sacks...Helped Panthers lead NFC with a team-record 42 take-aways and a plus-16 turnover differential...Key component of defense that finished third in the NFL, the second-highest ranking in team history behind the 2002 unit that ranked second...Ranked fourth in the League in rushing defense, allowing 91.6 rushing yards per game, fifth in scoring defense, yielding 16.2 points per game and seventh in sacks per pass play...40 sacks recorded by defense since Week Six of the regular season led the NFL...Rushing yards allowed per game were fewest in team history, points per game ranked as second-fewest and total yards allowed per game ranked as third-fewest...45 sacks by defense is third-highest amount in team history…POSTSEASON: Started all three games...Registered 12 tackles, one sack, three quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and one pass defensed…PRO BOWL: Starter at defensive end in Pro Bowl for second consecutive season...Only defensive player elected from Carolina...Third defensive player in team history to appear in two Pro Bowls, joining Kevin Greene and Kris Jenkins...One of four Panthers chosen, joining quarterback Jake Delhomme, wide receiver Steve Smith and guard Mike Wahle...Third consecutive season that four Carolina players were selected to the Pro Bowl, matching the second-highest total in team history…Vs. New England (9/18): Recovered fumble forced by Mike Rucker on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady...Returned fumble 10 yards to set up team's final touchdown...At Arizona (10/9): Batted pass attempt by Cardinals quarterback Josh McCown that was intercepted by Al Wallace...At Detroit (10/16): Victimized Lions quarterback Joey Harrington for sack and forced fumble on same play...Part of defensive effort that netted six sacks, four turnovers and limited the Lions to a season-low 209 yards...At Tampa Bay (11/6): Corralled three sacks of Buccaneers quarterback Chris Simms...Keyed defensive line effort that resulted in six sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries...Third career three-sack performance and eighth career game with two or more sacks...Two other three-sack outings occurred during rookie season in 2002...Vs. New York Jets (11/13): Registered one and a half sacks of Jets quarterback Brooks Bollinger...At Buffalo (11/27): Recorded a sack of Bills quarterback J.P. Losman...Vs. Atlanta (12/4): Produced one sack of Falcons quarterback Michael Vick...Vs. Dallas (12/24): Amassed three sacks of Cowboys quarterback Drew Bledsoe...Blocked 32-yard field goal attempt by Billy Cundiff on the Cowboys final play of the first half...Last player to record at least three sack and block a field goal in the same game was Detroit's Marcus Jones, who registered four sacks and blocked a field goal at Tampa Bay (10/19/00)...Three-sack effort was fourth of his career, second of the season and the second such game of his career against the Cowboys...First occurrence was at Dallas (10/13/02) as a rookie when he sacked quarterback Quincy Carter three times...Ninth career game with two or more sacks...Third career blocked field goal established team record, bettering previous mark he shared with Kris Jenkins...Peppers also blocked a 28-yard attempt versus Tampa Bay (11/28/04) and a 47-yard attempt at Tampa Bay (9/14/03)...Second blocked field goal of the season for Carolina...Defensive tackle Brentson Buckner blocked a 47-yard attempt by Lions kicker Jason Hanson at Detroit (10/16/05)...NFC Wild Card at New York Giants (1/8): Recorded a sack of Giants quarterback Eli Manning...Part of defensive effort that held scoreless a Giants offense that ranked third in the NFL in points per game...Panthers became the first team to register a shutout on the road in the playoffs since 1980 when the Los Angeles Rams posted a 9-0 victory at Tampa Bay (1/5/80) in the 1979 NFC championship...Carolina shutout was third in team history, matching 24-0 victory versus Tampa Bay (12/1/96) and 13-0 win at New Orleans (10/19/97)...NFC Divisional Playoff at Chicago (1/15): Forced a fumble...Left contest in the third quarter with an injured shoulder.

2004
Started all 16 games for the second consecutive season...Generated 85 tackles, 11 sacks, two interceptions for 143 yards and one touchdown, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery for a touchdown, 31 quarterback hurries and six passes defensed...Led Panthers in sacks, forced fumbles, interception return yards and quarterback hurries...Ranked first on the defensive line in tackles and quarterback hurries...Blocked one field goal on special teams...Utilized as a wide receiver in goal-line situations on offense and had two passes thrown to him but did not make a reception...Finished eighth in the NFC in sacks...Established career highs in tackles and interceptions...85 tackles bettered previous career high of 65 stops in 2003...Interception return for a touchdown and fumble return for a touchdown made him the first defensive player in team history to score two touchdowns in a single season...Became second defensive lineman in team history to record two interceptions in one season, joining defensive end Al Wallace, who notched two in 2003...Produced seven sacks, one interception return for a touchdown, one fumble return for a touchdown and one blocked field goal during final eight games of the season...Performance helped Carolina reverse fortunes and finish with 6-2 mark after beginning year with a 1-7 record...Fueled defense that led NFL with 26 interceptions, ranked second with 38 take-aways and finished fourth in the League with a plus 12 turnover differential...Unit established team single-season records for interceptions and interception return yards, surpassing previous marks of 24 interceptions and 374 interception return yards in 2001, and tied record for take-aways that had previously been achieved in 1996 and 2000.
PRO BOWL: Elected a starter in first career Pro Bowl...One of four Panthers selected, joining wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad and linebackers Dan Morgan and Mark Fields...Second consecutive season that Carolina was represented by four players overall...Running back Stephen Davis, defensive tackle Kris Jenkins, defensive end Mike Rucker and punter Todd Sauerbrun were chosen in 2003...Marked the third consecutive season that a Panthers defensive lineman has been chosen...Jenkins and Rucker appeared in 2003...Jenkins played in 2002.
HONORS: NFC Defensive Player of the Year by Kansas City 101 Club and NFL Alumni...First-team All-Pro selection by The Associated Press, College and Pro Football Weekly, Football Digest and The Sporting News...All-NFL choice by Pro Football Weekly...All-NFC selection by Pro Football Weekly.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK/MONTH: NFC Defensive Player of the Month for November...First time he earned award...Only Carolina player to earn player-of-the-month recognition during 2004 season...Produced an NFL-high seven sacks, including three consecutive games with two quarterback takedowns...Registered one interception return for a touchdown and one blocked field goal...Tallied 23 tackles, eight quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and two passes defensed as Panthers ended six-game losing streak and posted 3-1 record for the month...Named NFL Rookie of the Month for October 2002.
INTERCEPTION RETURN YARDS: 143 interception return yards established season high for an NFL defensive lineman, surpassing the 131 yards totaled by Grant Wistrom for St. Louis in 1999...Total ranked sixth in the NFL among all players in 2004...Yardage surpassed cornerback Doug Evans' team record of 126 yards set in 2001...97-yard interception return at Denver (10/10/04) stands as the longest in team history, bettering cornerback Tim McKyer's 96-yard return at San Francisco (11/5/95).
COMBINED INTERCEPTION AND FUMBLE RETURN YARDS: 203 combined interception and fumble return yards stand as the most by an NFL defensive lineman since the NFL merger in 1970...Surpassed the 185 yards accumulated by Greg Ellis for Dallas in 1999...Peppers' total ranked second in the League in 2004 behind the 402 yards registered by Baltimore safety Ed Reed.
At Kansas City (9/19): Posted two sacks and one forced fumble against Chiefs quarterback Trent Green...Fourth career multi-sack effort and first since rookie year versus Tampa Bay (10/27/02)...At Denver (10/10): Responsible for one of NFL's most spectacular plays of season with 97-yard interception return off of Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer...97-yard return set Panthers mark for longest in team history, surpassing previous record of 96 yards by Tim McKyer at San Francisco (11/5/95)...Vs. Oakland (11/7): Collected two sacks of Raiders quarterback Kerry Collins...Second multi-sack performance of the season and the fifth of his career...At San Francisco (11/14): Corralled two sacks of 49ers quarterback Tim Rattay...Second consecutive multi-sack contest and his third of the season...Sixth-career multi-sack game...Vs. Arizona (11/21): Gathered two sacks of Cardinals quarterback Shaun King...Third consecutive contest with two sacks and his fourth of the season...Seventh-career multi-sack game...Vs. Tampa Bay (11/28): Produced one of NFL's most dominant performances of the season...Blocked 26-yard field goal attempt by Martin Gramatica in the second quarter...Notched a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown off of Buccaneers quarterback Brian Griese in the third quarter to give Carolina 14-7 lead...Recorded fourth consecutive game with a sack, taking down Griese once...Responsible for five tackles, including one stop in which he chased down running back Michael Pittman from behind on a 68-yard screen pass in the second quarter...Touchdown was the first of his career and the Panthers first defensive score since Mike Minter returned an interception for a touchdown versus Tampa Bay (11/9/03)...Marked first time in team history that a defensive linemen returned an interception for a touchdown...Peppers became third defensive lineman in team history to score a touchdown, joining Greg Kragen who returned a fumble for a touchdown at Chicago (10/8/95) and Shawn King who scored on a fumble return versus Tampa Bay (12/1/96)...Blocked field goal was the second of his career...Both career blocked field goals have occurred against Buccaneers with first block coming in 2003 at Tampa Bay (9/14/03)...At New Orleans (12/5): Part of a defense that limited Saints to 30 yards rushing and one rushing first down...30 yards rushing equaled the second fewest allowed in team history, previously accomplished at Philadelphia (9/27/96)...One rushing first down occurred in five previous contests, most recently versus Detroit (12/21/03)...Vs. St. Louis (12/12): Sacked Rams quarterback Chris Chandler...At Atlanta (12/18): Made one of the most memorable plays of the season with a one-handed grab in midair of fumble by Falcons quarterback Michael Vick that he returned 60 yards for a touchdown...Became first defensive player in Panthers history to score two touchdowns in one season...Also scored on a 46-yard interception return versus Tampa Bay (11/28)...60-yard fumble return ranks as the third-longest in team history behind 94-yard return for a touchdown by Rashard Anderson versus the New York Jets (10/28/01) and 66-yard return for a touchdown by Kevin Greene versus St. Louis (10/13/96)...Became third defensive lineman in team history to return a fumble for a touchdown, joining Kragen's accomplishment at Chicago (10/8/95) and King's effort versus Tampa Bay (12/1/96)...Vs. New Orleans (1/2): Sacked Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks.

2003
Started all 16 games...Led team with 32 quarterback hurries and ranked second with seven sacks...Collected 65 tackles, three forced fumbles and six batted passes...Blocked a field goal on special teams...Member of defensive line that ranked second in the NFL with 32.5 sacks and defensive unit that stood seventh in the League in sacks per pass attempt...Key contributor to defensive unit that ranked eighth in the NFL in total defense, marking the first time in Panthers history that the defense ranked among the top 10 in the NFL in that category for two consecutive seasons...Recorded a sack in five of the final six regular season games...POSTSEASON: Started all four contests...Led the Panthers with 14 quarterback hurries...Reconded 14 tackles, one sack, one intereption and two batted passes...Vs. Jacksonville (9/7): Notched a sack of Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell...At Tampa Bay (9/14): Registered his first career blocked field goal when he deflected 47-yard attempt by Martin Gramatica in the fourth quarter...Part of special teams effort that resulted in a total of two blocked field goals and an extra point...Contributions helped Panthers become the first team to block three kicks in a game since 1991 when Buffalo blocked four versus New England (11/24/91)...Vs. Tennessee (10/19): Notched sack of Titans quarterback Steve McNair and forced a fumble...At New Orleans (10/26): Produced perhaps the game's biggest play with the Saints facing a fourth-and-1 in overtime at the Panthers 37-yard line...Tackled Saints running back Deuce McAllister the backfield and forced a fumble that was recovered by Kris Jenkins and gave Carolina possession for its game-winning drive...Contributed to defensive effort that limited Saints offense that entered game as the NFL leader with a 52.9 percent third down conversion rate to 17 percent efficiency...At Dallas (11/23): Sacked Cowboys quarterback Quincy Carter once...At Atlanta (12/7): Registered a sack of Falcons quarterback Michael Vick...At Arizona (12/14): Sack of Cardinals quarterback Josh McCown in the fourth quarter forced Cardinals to settle for a field goal that tied score at 17 in eventual 20-17 Carolina victory...Vs. Detroit (12/21): Sacked Lions quarterback Mike McMahon...Part of defensive effort that limited Lions to 106 total net yards, the second-lowest amount in team history...NFC Wild Card vs. Dallas (1/3): Intercepted Cowboys quarterback Quincy Carter in the fourth quarter and returned it 34 yards to set up field goal...Interception was the second of his career with both coming off of Carter...NFC Divisional Playoff at St. Louis (1/10): Responsible for a sack of Rams quarterback Marc Bulger.

2002
Starter in all 12 games he played...Led the Panthers and ranked second among NFL rookies with 12 sacks in addition to producing 54 tackles, one interception, five forced fumbles, 19 quarterback hurries and four batted passes...12 sacks ranked second among rookies, fourth in the NFC and were the most ever registered by a Carolina defensive lineman, surpassing Mike Rucker's total of nine in 2001...Sack total also tied him for fifth all-time among NFL rookies with Charles Haley, who reached his mark with San Francisco in 1986.....Included in Julius' sack total were two three-sack games, which matched the NFL record for most three-sack games by a rookie, set by Leslie O'Neal of San Diego in 1986...Amassed at least two sacks in three contests to equal the rookie record for multi-sack games in a season, previously accomplished by several players...Teamed with Rucker as the only tandem of defensive ends in the NFL to each register at least 10 sacks during the season...Duo helped make Carolina one of two teams in the League to boast five players with at least five sacks...Aided by Julius' contributions, defensive line ranked third in the NFL with 39 sacks, and the defense led the League in sacks per pass attempt and ranked second in sacks...Helped Panthers boast only defensive unit since the NFL merger in 1970 to improve from last in the League in total defense to second in one season...Suspended for the final four games of the season by the NFL for violating the banned substance policy...Suspension in effect for contests versus Cincinnati (12/8), at Pittsburgh (12/15), versus Chicago (12/22) and at New Orleans (12/29)…HONORS: Named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year by The Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, Pro Football Weekly and Football Digest...Chosen all-rookie by Pro Football Weekly…ROOKIE OF THE MONTH: Named NFL Rookie of the Month for October after compiling six sacks, one interception, three forced fumbles, 25 tackles and six quarterback hurries...At the time of his recognition, only five players in the NFL had more sacks during the entire season than the six he recorded in October…Vs. Baltimore (9/8): Played a role in the game's biggest play, batting a pass by Ravens quarterback Chris Redman that was intercepted by Dan Morgan with 1:27 remaining in the game to seal the victory...Vs. Detroit (9/15): Tied a team record with three sacks of Lions quarterback Mike McMahon and also ranked second on the team with seven tackles in addition to contributing one forced fumble, two quarterback hurries and one batted pass...Three sacks were the most ever for a Panthers rookie and tied a team record, most recently accomplished by Kevin Greene versus Atlanta (9/6/98)...Helped the defense total a season-high six sacks and limit the Lions to 49 net yards passing, a Carolina team record, and 122 total net yards, the second lowest total allowed by a Panthers defense in team history...At Dallas (10/13): Produced monstrous performance with three sacks and an interception of Cowboys quarterback Quincy Carter in addition a forced fumble and four tackles...Returned interception 21 yards before lateralling the ball to Mark Fields who gained an additional 30 yards...Helped defense match its season high with six sacks...Second three-sack outing of the year tied the NFL rookie record for three-sack games in a season set by O'Neal in 1986...Became one of three players in the NFL to register three sacks and one interception in the same game in 2002, joining Pittsburgh's Joey Porter and Oakland's Trace Armstrong...At Atlanta (10/20): Sacked Falcons quarterback Michael Vick once...Vs. Tampa Bay (10/27): Accumulated two sacks and led the defensive line with a career-high nine tackles in addition to contributing a forced fumble...Helping defense equal its season best with six sacks...Marked his third game of the season with at least two sacks, tying the NFL rookie record for most multi-sack games...Vs. New Orleans (11/10): Notched a sack of Aaron Brooks...At Tampa Bay (11/17): Sacked Brad Johnson once...Buccaneers contest marked his fifth consecutive game with at least one sack, one shy of the team record set by Greene in 1998...At Cleveland (12/1): Produced a sack of Tim Couch.

COLLEGE
Started 33 of the 34 games played in three seasons at the University of North Carolina...Ranked second all-time in Tar Heels history with 30.5 sacks...Accumulated 53 stops behind the line of scrimmage, 167 tackles, five interceptions, two fumble recoveries, five forced fumbles, 13 passes defensed and 42 quarterback pressures...Returned two interceptions and one fumble recovery for touchdowns...2001 (Jr.): Won the Lombardi Award, given to the nation's top lineman, and the Chuck Bednarik Award, given to the nation's best overall defensive player...Finalist for the Nagurski Award, awarded by the Football Writers Association to college football's best defensive player...Unanimous All-America and All-ACC first team choice...Started all 12 games at weakside defensive end...Collected 63 tackles, 9.5 sacks, one forced fumble and three interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown...Three interceptions ranked first in the country among defensive lineman...2000 (So.): Second-team All-America by The Associated Press and Football News and first-team All-ACC selection...Started all 11 games at strongside defensive end...Led the nation with 15 sacks, one sack shy of Lawrence Taylor's school record set in 1980...Established a school mark and ranked third in the country with 24 tackles for a loss...Also registered 64 tackles, one interception, one fumble recovery, three forced fumbles and two batted passes...Returned both the interception and fumble recovery for touchdowns...1999 (Fr.): Started all 11 games at strongside defensive end...Freshman All-America choice by The Sporting News...Responsible for 50 tackles, six sacks, one interception, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble and two batted passes...Versus Florida State, tackled Panthers teammate Chris Weinke for his first two career sacks...1998: Redshirted as a true freshman.

PERSONAL
Attended Southern Nash HS in Bailey, N.C....Majored in Afro-American studies at North Carolina...Played basketball for the Tar Heels in 1999 as a freshman and in 2000 as a sophomore...Appeared in 56 games and posted career averages of 5.7 points and 3.7 rebounds with 23 blocked shots...Totals included career-highs of 21 points versus Penn State (3/18/01) during the NCAA Tournament and 13 rebounds versus Clemson (1/6/00)...Played in 25 games as a sophomore, averaging 7.1 points and 4.0 rebounds, and led the team with a field goal percentage of .643...Averaged 4.5 points and 3.5 rebounds and blocked 17 shots as a freshman to help the Tar Heels reach the Final Four...Named the nation's top two-sport athlete by The Sporting News in 2001 in a vote of Division I basketball coaches...Avid reader whose favorite authors include Donald Goings, John Grisham and John Maxwell...Serves as the spokesperson for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte.

 

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    Carolina Panthers' Julius Peppers salutes fans as he walks off the field after the Panthers' 23-10 win over the New Orleans Saints in an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Rick Havner)
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    Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers (90) holds up the football after his fumble recovery during the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
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    New Orleans Saints tight end Darnell Dinkins (80) is tripped up by Carolina Panthers cornerback Richard Marshall (31) as Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers (90) looks on during an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
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    New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs (27) is tackled by Carolina Panthers' Julius Peppers (90) and teammate Damione Lewis (92) in the first quarter of an NFL football game at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)