Julius Peppers nominated on 2022 College Football Hall of Fame ballot

Julius Peppers

IRVING, Texas - Former Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers is nominated on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot for the 2022 class.

Carolina's all-time sack leader and a nine-time Pro Bowler, Peppers is on the ballot for a third time after being listed in 2019 and 2020.

A native of Bailey, N.C., Peppers played three seasons at the University of North Carolina, winning the Chuck Bednarik Award for the nation's best defensive player in 2001. He was a two-time All-American and was drafted second overall by the Panthers in the 2002 Draft.

Also on the ballot this year are some other Panthers connections:

  • Cornerback Tyrone Poole, who was drafted by Carolina in the first round of the 1995 draft and played three seasons with the Panthers. He was a first-team All-American out of Fort Valley State back in 1994.
  • Al Lucas, an undrafted defensive lineman who played for Carolina in 2000-01, earned posthumous inclusion on the ballot for his career at Troy State. He won the Buck Buchanan Award as the most outstanding defensive player in NCAA Division I-AA in 1999.
  • Ron Rivera, Carolina's former head coach who won 76 games between 2011-19, and who was a first-team All-American at California in 1983.
  • Former assistant coach Ken Dorsey (Miami), Carolina's quarterbacks coach from 2013-17.

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