Future Hall of Famer Julius Peppers has officially called it a career, after a marvellous 17 years in the NFL.
The nine-time Pro Bowl defensive end was drafted with the second overall pick in 2002 by the Carolina Panthers, and was named Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Peppers made a Super Bowl appearance in just his second season with the Panthers, but came up just short against the Pats. One of the few things missing from Peppers’ impressive resume is a Super Bowl title.
The six-time All Pro also had stints in Chicago and Green Bay. Peppers belongs to the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team, which compiles the best players in the league from 2000-2009.
Peppers thanked the Carolina Panthers fanbase on a YouTube video posted by the team this morning: