Peppers retired after the 2018 season, finishing his career ranked fourth in NFL history with 159.5 sacks. A nine-time Pro Bowler, Peppers played 17 seasons and ranks sixth all-time among defensive players with 266 career games played. He is the only player in NFL history with at least 150 sacks and 10 or more interceptions.
• Finished career ranked fourth in NFL history with 159.5 career sacks...The most sacks of any NFL player since 2000.
• Was only player in NFL history with at least 150 sacks and 10 or more interceptions.
• Produced 21 career opponent fumble recoveries, the second-most in the NFL since 2000 at time of retirement.
• Tallied 51 career forced fumbles, ranking second in the NFL in that category since 2000 at time of retirement.
• 11 career interceptions ranked second all-time for defensive ends when career ended.
• Produced 10 seasons with double-digit sacks, ranking fourth all-time in NFL history at time of retirement.
• Finished career ranked first in the NFL among active players with 13 blocked kicks (12 field goals, one extra point).
• Produced six career defensive touchdowns (4 INT, 2 FR), tying for second among all NFL defensive linemen and linebackers since 2000.
• Tallied 82 career pass deflections, was most among all defensive linemen since he was drafted in 2002.
• Played in 266 career games, tied for sixth all-time among defensive players at time of retirement.
• Finished career playing in 176 consecutive regular season games, the second-longest active streak in the NFL at the time of his retirement.
• Named to nine Pro Bowls, tied for sixth-most among all active players at time of retirement.
• Finished career as all-time leader in sacks (97.0) in Panthers history.
• Finished career as all-time leader in forced fumbles (34).
• Finished career as all-time leader in blocked field goals (8).
• Finished career tied for second in franchise history in opponent fumble recoveries (10).
• Finished career tied for third all-time in defensive touchdowns (3, 2 INT, 1 FR).
• At time of retirement, had the second-most interception return yards for one season (143) in 2004
• Finished career with record for longest interception return in a game in franchise history with a 97-yard return at Denver (10/10/04).
FRANCHISE POSTSEASON RANKINGS
• Finished career tied for most career postseason starts (9) and franchise history, and tied for third in most career postseason games (9) played.
• NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (2002)
• 3x AP First Team All-Pro (2010, 2006, 2004)
• 3x AP Second Team All-Pro (2012, 2009, 2008)
• NFL All-Decade Team (2000s)
• 9x Pro Bowl (2015, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004)
• 4x NFC Defensive Player of the Month • 5x NFC Defensive Player of the Week
• Appeared in 266 games with 240 starts in his career, appearing in all 16 games in 15 of his 17 seasons in the League.
• Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week five times in his career, joining DE Chris Doleman as only players to win the weekly honor for three different teams.
• Started eight games with 16 games played in 2018, tallying 5.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. His six pass deflections tied for the second-most by any defensive lineman.
• Played in 16 games with five starts for Carolina in 2017, registering 33 tackles and 11.0 sacks with two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 20 quarterback pressures.
• Played in 16 games with 11 starts for Green Bay in 2016, tallying 30 tackles and finishing second on the team with 7.5 sacks and 14 quarterback pressures...Tallied eight tackles and one sack in three postseason games.
• Started all 16 games in 2015 at linebacker, leading the team and NFC linebackers with 10.5 sacks.
• Started all 16 games in 2014 and posted 45 tackles, seven sacks (No. 2 on the team), two interceptions (both returned for TDs), 17 quarterback hits (tied for No. 2 on the team), 17 pressures (No. 3 on the team), a career-high 11 passes defensed (tied for No. 4 on the team), a team-high four forced fumbles (tied for No. 3 in the NFL) and a team-best three fumble recoveries...Ranked seventh in the NFL with five takeaways.
• Named to his third straight Pro Bowl with the Bears in 2012, when he led the team with 11.5 sacks, which was tied for ninth in the NFL.
• Selected to his seventh Pro Bowl in 2011 after leading Chicago in sacks (11) and quarterback pressures (55).
• Earned first-team All-Pro honors from AP and was named to his sixth Pro Bowl in 2010 after leading Chicago in quarterback pressures (23) and tying for the team lead in sacks (eight).
• Named to the Pro Bowl and earned second-team All-Pro honors from AP in 2009 after posting 10.5 sacks, two interceptions and five forced fumbles for Carolina.
• Posted a career-high 14.5 sacks in 2008 on his way to Pro Bowl honors and a second-team All-Pro selection from the AP.
• Blocked two field goals for Carolina for the second straight season in 2007 to match his own team single-season record.
• Registered 75 tackles (61 solo) and 13 sacks in 2006 on his way to Pro Bowl recognition and first-team All-Pro honors from AP.
• Named a Pro Bowl starter for the second-straight season in 2005 after recording 70 tackles (46 solo) and 10.5 sacks.
• Selected to his first career Pro Bowl in 2004 and was named first-team All-Pro by AP...Posted a career-high 85 tackles (63 solo), 11 sacks, and two interceptions for 143 yards and a TD.
• Started all 16 games in 2003 for a Carolina team that advanced to Super Bowl XXXVIII.
• Named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year by AP in 2002 after recording 12 sacks in his debut season.
TRANSACTIONS: Selected in the first round (second overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft by Carolina (4/20/02)...Placed on injured reserve with an injured right knee by Carolina (12/26/07)...Designated as franchise player by Carolina (2/19/09)...Signed as an unrestricted free agent by Chicago (3/6/10)...Released by Chicago (3/13/14)...Signed as a free agent by Green Bay (3/15/14)...Signed as an unrestricted free agent by Carolina (3/11/17)...Signed contract extension with Carolina (3/14/18)...Announced retirement from football (2/1/19).
GP/GS: Career (266/240) [18/18]; 2018 (16/8); 2017 (16/5) [1/1]; 2016 (16/11) [3/3]; 2015 (16/16) [2/2]; 2014 (16/16) [2/2]; 2013 (16/16); 2012 (16/16); 2011 (16/16); 2010 (16/16) [2/2]; 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).
Started 33 of the 34 games played in three seasons at North Carolina...Finished career ranked second all-time in Tar Heels history with 30.5 sacks...Accumulated 53 tackles for loss, 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...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 as a junior...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...In 2010, three interceptions ranked first in the country among defensive lineman...As a sophomore in 2010, named second-team All-America by The Associated Press and Football News and first-team All-ACC selection...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...In 1999, Freshman All-America choice by The Sporting News.
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.