Julius Peppers  

  • In 2001, The Sporting News named Julius the country's Top Two-Sport Athlete (as voted by NCAA Division I coaches).
  • Julius’s dunk off an alley-oop pass by Ronald Curry against Wake Forest was CNN/SI's "Play of the Day" on January 6, 2001.
  • Only Greg Ellis had more sacks (32.5 from 1994 to 1997) in a career at North Carolina than Julius.
  • Julius was only the second unanimous All-American in UNC history. The first was Lawrence Taylor in 1980.
  • In 2002, Julius tied an NFL rookie record with two three-sack games. The mark was previously achieved by Leslie O'Neal with the San Diego Chargers in 1986.
  • Julius was the first Panther to win the Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.
  • Julius says he’s so concerned about unwittingly taking another banned substance that at restaurants he only drinks water, apple juice or orange juice.
  • After Julius signed with Carolina, he bought a silver Mercedes-Benz G500 SUV for himself and a house for his mother in Durham.
  • Among Julius’s nicknames are Pep and Big Head.
  • On his left arm, Julius has a tattoo of a Tasmanian Devil holding a football in his left hand and a basketball in his right.
  • One of Julius prized possessions is a ceramic model of Rodin’s “The Thinker” made by his mother.



Lawrence Taylor, 1991 Pro Set

Leslie O'Neal, 1998 Collectors Choice


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