After spending the last 17 seasons as one of the most feared pass rushers in the NFL, former Tar Heel star Julius Peppers announced Friday that he will be retiring.

The No. 2 overall pick of the 2002 draft coming out of UNC, Peppers ends his career with 159.5 sacks–a number good enough for fourth on the NFL’s all-time list.

Peppers, who spent time with the Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears, played in 266 of the 272 games he was in the league for. His durability was just as big of a skill as any of his abilities on the defensive line, as he ended his career having played in 176 consecutive games prior to his retirement.

“Julius is one of the greatest to ever play the game of football,” Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said in a statement. “To put up the numbers he did for as long as he did speaks to his incredible talent and commitment. He is a leader in the locker room and in the community.”

 

 

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