Julius Peppers with the Bears in 2012

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Julius Peppers Announces Retirement

Peppers played four seasons in Chicago, earning Pro Bowl honors three times.

February 01, 2019 - 11:26 am

(670 The Score) Julius Peppers, a 17-year NFL veteran who played four of his seasons in Chicago and reached three of his nine Pro Bowls while with the Bears, announced his retirement Friday.

Peppers, 39, is fourth on the NFL's all-time sacks list with 159.5. Of those, 37.5 came while he played for the Bears from 2010-'13. Peppers was a Pro Bowler from 2010-'12 and also an All-Pro in 2010, when he played a leading role on a dominant defense that helped lead the Bears to an NFC North crown and the NFC Championship game.

Peppers announced his retirement in a Players' Tribune piece.

"Bears fans … man … I could not have chosen a better place to make my first stop outside of North Carolina," Peppers wrote. "You were so welcoming and so supportive. I was very proud to wear that uniform. I’ll always love the city of Chicago."

Peppers is expected to be a first-ballot Hall of Fame selection. He was selected second overall in the 2002 draft by the Panthers. He played his first eight seasons and final time years for Carolina. He had five sacks in 16 games in 2018.