MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- Former Packers defensive end Julius Peppers has retired after 17 years in the National Football League. He made the announcement in an emotional video posted to the Panthers official Twitter account.
Peppers was selected number two overall by the Carolina Panthers in 2002 NFL Draft. He spent the first eight seasons of his career in Charlotte before signing with the Chicago Bears in 2010. Peppers then spent four years in Chicago before joining the Packers in 2014.
As a Packer, Peppers recorded 29.5 sacks in the regular and post-season combined. After three seasons in Green Bay, Peppers returned to Carolina where he played the final two seasons of his career.
A North Carolina native, Peppers has the fourth most sacks in NFL history with 129.5. Former Buffalo Bill great Bruce Smith is top of that list with 200, followed by the Minister of Defense Reggie White with 198, and former Panther player and Packers linebackers coach Kevin Greene with 160.