Julius Peppers is not the same person he was 15 years ago. That's evident in this newly released video which showcases the legendary Panthers defensive end in three roles: The Player, The Father and The Man.
On the field, Peppers is still as engaged and as competitive as ever. The mic'd up clips from the first half of the season are evidence of that. And it appears he's still having a ton of fun playing the game in Year 17.
At home, Peppers is striving to be the best father he can be for his children. He didn't have his biological father in his household growing up, and he explains why that responsibility is so important to him.
In the community, Peppers is working to make a lasting impact. He established a relief fund in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, which ravaged eastern North Carolina not too far from where he grew up. He wasn't always so willing to be seen and heard in the community, but that's clearly changed as the years have gone by.
"It took awhile for me to be conscious of my impact, not only on the team but in the community," Peppers recently told ESPN.com. "I'm a little bit regretful I didn't start doing these things earlier, but I guess it's better late than never."
View photos of defensive end Julius Peppers as he tours areas effected by Hurricane Florence in Lumberton on Tuesday and joins volunteers helping Robeson County residents recover.