Julius Peppers: PantherInsider Player of the Game

Peppers didn't let Detroit QB's have one calm moment.

Charlotte, N.C.-  Hands down to Julius Peppers, today's Panther Insider Player of the Game.  Peppers had three sacks, defended one pass, five solo tackles, and forced one fumble.  Julius Frazier Peppers was a force to be reckoned with and the Lions' quarterbacks found out the hard way.  One thing is for sure, the Panthers are 2-0 for the first time since 1996 and much of the credit goes to the Panther defense, namely Julius Peppers. 


Although it was last season's two worst teams in the NFL battling against each other, a win is a win.  The Panthers are willing to take any wins that they can get.  They have gone from last season's 1-15 to 2-0.  Talk about an improvement. 


Peppers, the second overall pick in the draft, got his first sack in the beginning of the first quarter. He got another a few minutes later, and a third one on the final play of the first half.  It appears that the Panthers made the right choice in choosing to take Peppers in the 2002 NFL draft. 


"They can't go wrong in choosing me,'' Peppers said."Everyone in this locker room and organization feels the same way.''

Peppers left the University of North Carolina after his junior year in which he won the Lombardi Award, given to the nation's top lineman, and the Chuck Bednarik Award, given to the nation's best overall defensive player. In just three seasons, he ranked second all-time in Tar Heels history with 30.5 sacks and also accumulated 53 stops behind the line of scrimmage.

The defensive end was eager to get started in the NFL this season.  He has carried his same ambition and drive from college to the NFL and it appears that Carolina definitely did not go wrong in choosing Julius Peppers.

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