Julius Peppers is an American football player, a talented sportsman and a legend in the making. He is best known as the defensive end for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. Prior to the National Football League, Julius already began making his mark while playing college football for the North Carolina Tar Heels football team. While at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he was unanimously recognized as an All-American athlete.
Being the great player that he is, he was drafted as the second overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. Since then, Julius Peppers has also played for the Green Bay Packers and The Chicago Bears. He played for the Chicago Bear from 2010 till 2013 and then he played for the Green Bay Packers from 2014 till 2016.
Julius Peppers Biography
Julius Frazier Peppers was born on the 18th of January of 1980 in Wilson, North Carolina. Though born in Wilson, he was raised in Bailey, North Carolina. For his first and second high school years, he attended Hunt High School. He later transferred to Southern Nash High School.
Because of his impressive stature, the school’s football coach recruited him, hoping he would be an asset to the team despite the fact that Julius had never played football before. Luckily, he was a natural and became considered as one of the most formidable defensive linemen in the state.
By his senior year, he was recognized by Parade Magazine for his all-purpose sports talent. The North Carolina High School Athletic Association also named him as their Male Athlete of the Year during his senior year.
Girlfriend, Wife & Son
Julius Peppers is currently unmarried but he is engaged to Claudia Sampedro, a reality television personality who stars on the E! reality series WAGS Miami.
Prior to Claudia, Julius was in a relationship with Lia Ames, who he broke up with while she was pregnant with their son, Elijah. Though Lia and Julius are no longer together, he is still involved in their son’s life.
Family & Brother
Julius Peppers was born to George Kearney and Bessie Brinkley. After Bessie and George separated, she later married Clarence Peppers, with whom she had Julius’ younger brother, Stephone. After Bessie’s marriage with Clarence also ended, she moved with her children to the small town of Bailey where she raised her sons. It is safe to say that Julius would not be where he is today without the support of his mother who was strict but also loving. She taught her children to treat everyone with respect and love.
Height & Weight
To be a professional athlete anywhere in the world, you have to be in excellent shape – as a result, it comes as no surprise that Julius Peppers height, weight and physique is enough to make any man jealous. Julius stands impressively tall at 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) and weighs 295 lb (134 kg). Considering his job description as a defensive end, he has to put in a lot of workouts and exercises to maintain this weight and still look fit.
Five Facts About Julius Peppers
1. Many NFL fans think Julius is related to the Cleveland Browns football player – Jabrill Peppers. However, despite sharing a surname, the two are not related. Jabrill is also an extraordinary player and has been named Return Specialist of the Year, Linebacker of the Year, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and an All-American in 2016.
2. By the time Julius was a senior, he was already 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) and weighing a formidable 225 lb (102 kg).
3. While in school, Julius Peppers also played Basketball and competed in track – winning the school their first ever track state championship. He also won the state championship as a sprinter. Proving that his sportsmanship has no limits, he also competed in Long jump.
4. In 2009, the athlete donated $500,000 to the Light on the Hill Society scholarship to support the African American students in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his alma mater.
5. To prove Julis Peppers’ legendary status, he has been named to the Pro Bowl nine times – that’s not easy to achieve. In his 2002 rookie year, the athlete was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year after recording an interception, five forced fumbles and 12 sacks – all in only 12 games. He was also named the Defensive Player of the Year in 2004 and on the 31st of January, 2010 he was named to the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team (for 2000-2010). The players named to the all-decade team were largely considered the most outstanding players of the decade.