Julius Peppers retires after illustrious 17-year career

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 24: Julius Peppers #90 of the Carolina Panthers reacts after a play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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: