Julius Peppers

Class of 2024



NFL All-Decade Team

2000's, 2010's

Forced fumbles


Pro Bowls




The second overall pick by the Carolina Panthers in the 2002 NFL Draft, Julius Peppers became one of the most dominant pass rushers of his era. Playing for three franchises over a 17-year career, Peppers was the single-season sack leader for each at least once (Carolina, seven seasons; Chicago, four; and Green Bay, one).
As a rookie, Peppers earned AP and PFWA Defensive Rookie of the Year after averaging a sack per game, totaling 12 on the season. Peppers would register 10-plus sacks in 10 seasons, tied for third most in NFL history at the time of his retirement. 

In his second season, Peppers helped the Panthers win the NFC South Division and three playoff games to reach Super Bowl XXXVIII — a three-point loss to the Patriots. 
Peppers’ first All-Pro and Pro Bowl selections came after the 2004 season, which saw the defensive end record 11 sacks, nine additional tackles for loss, nine passes defensed and a 97-yard interception return for a touchdown. In 2008, he helped the Panthers to a 12-4 record and first place in the NFC South, totaling 14.5 sacks and 17 tackles for loss. 

In 2010, Peppers signed with the Chicago Bears, earning Pro Bowl honors and leading the team in sacks in all four years with the club. The Bears returned to the NFC Championship Game for only the second time since 1988. 

For his career, Peppers appeared and started in 18 playoff games, recording 49 total tackles, 6.5 sacks and 11 tackles for loss. 
He held the Panthers’ team records for sacks (97), forced fumbles (34) and blocked field goals (eight) when he retired. 

A member of both the NFL’s All-Decade Teams of the 2000s and 2010s, Peppers’ 159.5 career sacks rank fourth on the league’s all-time list. 

Year Team G No.
2002 Carolina Panthers 12 12.0
2003 Carolina Panthers 16 7.0
2004 Carolina Panthers 16 11.0
2005 Carolina Panthers 16 10.5
2006 Carolina Panthers 16 13.0
2007 Carolina Panthers 14 2.5
2008 Carolina Panthers 16 14.5
2009 Carolina Panthers 16 10.5
2010 Chicago Bears 16 8.0
2011 Chicago Bears 16 11.0
2012 Chicago Bears 16 11.5
2013 Chicago Bears 16 7.0
2014 Green Bay Packers 16 7.0
2015 Green Bay Packers 16 10.5
2016 Green Bay Packers 16 7.5
2017 Carolina Panthers 16 11.0
2018 Carolina Panthers 16 5.0
Career total   266 159.5

Additional career statistics: Interceptions — 11-293; tackles — 719; defensive touchdowns — 2.

Full name: Julius Frazier Peppers 

Birthdate: Jan. 18, 1980

Birthplace: Wilson, N.C. 

High school: Southern Nash (North Carolina) 

Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: Jan. 17, 2024

Other members of the Class of 2024: Dwight Freeney, Randy Gradishar, Devin Hester, Andre Johnson, Steve McMichael, Patrick Willis.

Pro career: 17 seasons, 266 games.

Drafted: First round (second overall) in 2002 by Carolina Panthers

Uniform numbers: 90 (Carolina 2002-09, Chicago 2010-13, Carolina 2017-18); 56 (Green Bay 2014-16)

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2024 Enshrinement is Aug. 3.