- Entering his third season in Green Bay after spending four seasons with the Chicago Bears (2010-13) and eight with the Carolina Panthers (2002-09).
- Only player in NFL history with 100-plus sacks (136) and 10-plus interceptions (11).
- Earned his ninth trip to the Pro Bowl last season (2004-06, 2008-12, 2015).
- Has been named first-team All-Pro by The Associated Press three times (2004, 2006, 2010).
- Was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 2000s.
- Since entering the NFL in 2002, ranks No. 1 in the league in sacks (136) and No. 3 in forced fumbles (45). His career sack total is tied with Jared Allen for No. 9 in NFL history (since 1982).
- Has played in 218 games with 216 starts during his career, appearing in all 16 contests in 12 of his 14 seasons in the league, including both seasons with Green Bay. Has missed just two games due to injury (Weeks 16-17 in 2007, knee) during his 14-year career.
- Enters the 2016 season having played in 128 consecutive regular-season games, tied with Curtis Lofton for the longest active streak among NFL linebackers.
- Ranks No. 1 in the league among active players with 13 blocked kicks (12 field goals, one extra point). Recorded 11 interceptions from 2002-15, tied for No. 6 among active NFL linebackers and defensive linemen over that span.
- Has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week five times in his career (Week 9, 2006; Week 10, 2008; Week 8, 2009; Week 11, 2010; Week 5, 2014). Joined DE Chris Doleman as the only players to win NFC Defensive Player of the Week with three different teams.
- Has earned NFC Defensive Player of the Month honors four times (November 2004, October 2006, November 2010, November 2011). Was named the NFL Rookie of the Month in October 2002.
- Has 3½ sacks in four playoff games with the Packers, tied for No. 4 in the NFL over the last two postseasons.
- Started all 16 games in 2015, leading the team and NFC linebackers with 10½ sacks (No. 3 in the league among LBs). It was his ninth season with a double-digit sack total, tied for No. 4 in NFL history (John Randle) behind only Bruce Smith (13), Reggie White (12) and Kevin Greene (10).
- Started all 16 games in 2014 and posted 45 tackles (33 solo), seven sacks (No. 2 on the team), two interceptions (both returned for TDs), 17 QB hits (tied for No. 2 on the team), 17 pressures (No. 3 on the team), a career-high 11 passes defensed (tied for No. 4 on the team), a team-high four forced fumbles (tied for No. 3 in the NFL) and a team-best three fumble recoveries. Tied with CB Casey Hayward for the team lead and for No. 7 in the NFL with five takeaways.
- Was named to his third straight Pro Bowl with the Bears in 2012, when he led the team with 11½ sacks, which was tied for No. 9 in the NFL.
- Was selected to his seventh Pro Bowl in 2011 after leading Chicago in sacks (11) and QB pressures (55).
- Earned first-team All-Pro honors from AP and was named to his sixth Pro Bowl in 2010, a season that saw him lead the Bears in QB pressures (23) and tie for the team lead in sacks (eight).
- Posted 81 sacks for the Panthers (2002-09), No. 1 in franchise history.
- Was named to the Pro Bowl and earned second-team All-Pro honors from AP in 2009 after posting 10½ sacks, two interceptions and five forced fumbles.
- Posted a career-high 14½ sacks in ’08 on his way to Pro Bowl honors and a second-team All-Pro selection from AP.
- Blocked two FGs for Carolina for the second straight season in ’07 to match his own team single-season record.
- Registered 75 tackles (61 solo) and 13 sacks in ’06 on his way to Pro Bowl recognition and first-team All-Pro honors from AP.
- Was named a Pro Bowl starter for the second straight season in 2005 after recording 70 tackles (46 solo) and 10½ sacks.
- Was selected to his first career Pro Bowl in ’04 and was named first-team All-Pro by AP for a season that saw him post a career-high 85 tackles (63 solo), 11 sacks, and two interceptions for 143 yards and a TD.
- Started all 16 games in ’03 for a Carolina team that advanced to Super Bowl XXXVIII.
- Was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year by AP in 2002 after recording 12 sacks in his debut season.
- Selected by Carolina with the No. 2 overall selection in the 2002 NFL Draft following his junior season, joining LB Lawrence Taylor (No. 2, 1981) and RB Ken Willard (No. 2, 1965) as the highest draft picks ever out of the University of North Carolina.
Started all 34 games during his Tar Heel career (1999-2001) and posted 167 tackles (128 solo), including 53 tackles for a loss, 30½ sacks, five interceptions, 18 passes defensed, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries…Finished his Carolina career ranked No. 2 on the school’s all-time list for both tackles for a loss (William Fuller, 57) and sacks (Greg Ellis, 32½), despite only playing three seasons…Also played two seasons for UNC’s basketball team (1999-2001), averaging 7.1 points and 4.0 rebounds during the 2000-01 season as Carolina won a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title…Led the team in field goal percentage (.643) that season and posted a career-high 21 points and 10 rebounds (his first career double-double) in an NCAA Tournament game against Penn State…Majored in Afro-American studies…Junior season (2001): Became the first Tar Heel to win a major college football award by capturing both the Lombardi Trophy (nation’s top lineman) and the Chuck Bednarik Award (nation’s top defensive player)…Was also named the National Chevrolet Defensive Player of the Year…Became just the second Tar Heel to earn unanimous All-America honors (Taylor, 1980)…Finished 10th in the Heisman Trophy balloting, the highest finish by a UNC player since 1976…Was a first-team All-ACC selection for the second straight season…Started all 12 games at DE and posted 63 tackles (46 solo), including 19 tackles for a loss, 9½ sacks, a forced fumble, three interceptions, and 12 passes defensed…Ranked No. 1 in the country in INTs among defensive linemen…Returned an interception for a TD at Oklahoma (Aug. 25)…Posted three sacks at Maryland (Sept. 1)…Matched his career high with 10 tackles vs. No. 6-ranked Florida State (Sept. 22) and added a sack and an interception in the 41-9 win…Was named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Week after posting a sack and an interception at Clemson (Oct. 20)…Sophomore season (2000): Started all 11 contests at DE and was named first-team All-America by CNNSI.com and CollegeFootballNews.com…Earned second-team All-America honors from AP and Football News and was named first-team All-ACC…Led the nation with 15 sacks, one shy of Taylor’s school record of 16 set in 1980…Set a school record with 24 tackles for a loss, breaking the mark of 23 set by Ebenezer Ekuban in 1998, and ranked No. 3 in the nation in the category…Registered 64 tackles (44 solo), an interception, a fumble recovery, three forced fumbles and three passes defensed…Scored two TDs on the season, including a 12-yard fumble return at Wake Forest (Sept. 9) and a 27-yard interception return at Duke (Nov. 17)…Combined for seven sacks over a two-game span, recording four at Virginia (Oct. 28) and three at Pittsburgh (Nov. 4)…Redshirt freshman season (1999): Started all 11 games at DE and was a Freshman All-America selection by Sporting News…Led the team in tackles for a loss (10) and sacks (six)…Posted 50 tackles (38 solo), a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, an interception and three passes defensed.
Given name Julius Frazier Peppers…Nicknamed “Pep”…Named after basketball Hall of Famer Julius Erving…Born in Wilson, N.C. …Single…Has two sons, Elijah and Amare…High school: Was named a Parade All-America and the Male Athlete of the Year by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association following his senior season at Southern Nash High School in Bailey, N.C. …Played defensive end and tailback…Posted six sacks as a senior and rushed for 3,501 yards and 46 TDs during his career…Earned all-state honors as a junior at DE…Was a four-time all-conference selection in basketball and earned all-state recognition as a senior…Was a member of an AAU basketball team that won a national championship…Also competed four years in the triple jump and relays…Residence: Coral Gables, Fla.