Julius Peppers keeps talking

During eight NFL seasons, former Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers didn’t have much to say.

He’s talking a blue streak now, jack.

After whining recently regarding perceived “nitpicking” by critics, Peppers tells Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune that he prefers his new professional home because folks there are more likely to mind their own business.

“Truth be told, that’s really one of the small reasons that I wanted to
get out; because everybody knows your business in Charlotte,” Peppers said.  “I wanted to try something different because out here in Chicago, [Michael] Jordan
was here.  [Scottie] Pippen was here.  They’ve got [Brian] Urlacher.  They’ve got hockey. 
They’ve got the baseball.  In Charlotte, it was all about the Panthers. . . .

“I live on a small town on the lake, and I mean people would get on
their jet skis and just post up in front of my crib, trying to see who
was there in my house.”

So Peppers thinks he’ll be able to live in anonymity in the Windy City.  (Where have we heard that one before?)

Peppers also talks at length regarding his relationship with agent Carl Carey, who helped Peppers when he was accused of plagiarism at North Carolina.  Peppers eventually was exonerated, and a strong bond was launched between the two men.  As a result, Carey is one of only a few people whom Peppers trusts.

“I don’t have a lot of close friends,” Peppers said.  “Outside of my mom and [high school defensive coordinator Brian] Foster,
it’s just Carl and I.”

Peppers and Carey are so close that, after Peppers was found to be in violation of the league’s performance-enhancing substances policy due to a supplement given to him by a teammate, Carey left his job at the University of Houston and became Peppers’ full-time advisor.

Peppers also addressed the controversy that emerged last year when Panthers linebacker Jon Beason said on a radio station that he planned to talk to Peppers about giving more effort.

“Beason . . . he knew he was wrong for that,” Peppers said.  “I didn’t even have to respond to that because as soon as he
left the radio station, he came over and apologized.

“People that really know me know how I work.  You never heard one of my
coaches or [other] teammates say anything about my work ethic.  And that
Beason thing kind of got taken out of context.”

Of course it did.  It had to have gotten taken out of context because Peppers is the greatest defensive end — no, the greatest player at any position — in the history of football.  And anyone who might wonder whether he is getting the most out of his God-given potential is either nitpicking, or his comments are being taken out of context.

And please, Chicagoans, we implore you.  Do not ever try to see who might be at Peppers’ house.

72 responses to “Julius Peppers keeps talking

  1. You’re such a little bitch florio
    Only you would find a way to misconstrue his words.
    Obviously he’s going to keep talking if he’s getting interviewed. If Jon Beason apologized after saying those comments then obviously those comments weren’t 100% true.
    You’re a prick.

  2. I doubt people were trying to see who was in ur house Julius.. Maybe its just people riding along on the lake and decide to take a closer look at a massive mansion… What you hidin in there?

  3. Actually Peppers sounds like a pretty nice, quiet guy. With all the press complaining about his “potential” you’d think the guy was a cancer. Maybe he’s just one of those guys who prefers to stay in the background but can’t because his talent won’t let him. If people were spying on my house all day long, and if there was a lot of local gossip about me, and if the media wouldn’t give me a break, well yeah, I’d want out too. That sounds like a goddamn nightmare. How about just letting Peppers live his life eh?

  4. He may be able to make Bryant McKinnie look like a child taking on Kimbo Slice on the field, but Chicago will not take the NFC North.

  5. Urlacher who has been the leader of the team, Cutler who will pout if he isn’t the leader, Peppers who thinks he’s the greatest thing since Ali, Forte who is pouting about the Bears signing C. Taylor, Greg Olson who will be crying in a Martz led offense, Martz who will undermine Lovie just like he has did with every other headcoach he has worked under, Lovie being too much a player’s coach………..this is like trying to build a winner by putting square pegs in round holes…….how long before the 2010 implosion, will they make it til mid season??????

  6. While we desperately need another pass-rushing DE, I can’t help but be grateful that evidently, the Seahawks were never even involved in the Peppers chase.
    I prefer NFL players that do their talking on the field.

  7. Nobody hopes Peppers fails more than I, Florio. Nobody. Don’t you dare compete with me. I’m one bitter Panthers Fan and i’ve got some major beef with Pep. I hate him so much that I wanted him to sign with the ‘Skins or Raiders….where great players go to burn away

  8. Bears0492 says ” Obviously he’s going to keep talking if he’s getting interviewed. If Jon Beason apologized after saying those comments then obviously those comments weren’t 100% true.”
    What an asinine deduction, how can you deduct that an apology means the comments he made weren’t true????????????????
    The Bears collection of misfits will implode by midseason at the latest. Read my previous post on why.

  9. Those damn fans who always want to know more about their heroes. Shame on them. After all they only support the game and pay his salary.
    What a douche. Hey Julius here’s a lesson for you that you apparently don’t understand. Public figures such as athletes automatically draw attention. You chose that as your profession, no one made you do that, and now you want the money but not the other things that go with it.
    Get a clue. I hope they haunt him at every turn in Chicago, especially once he starts disappearing in games.

  10. Does this dude really think he’ll have it easier in a big city like Chicago? I’m not from there and I hear that it’s primarily a baseball town, but I think he’s in for quite a surprise lol. And Florio, wtf man? Were you one of the guys on a jet ski or somethin?

  11. Dave Wannstedt, and Milton Bradley called Juli and told him he’s right on…nobody will bother him.
    By the way, I’m hearing that Ben Ruthlessonfurburger called Juli and told him that if he has patience and can wade through all the women who eat sausage (saasige) and pizza he can find a few good lookin targets.

  12. Peppers needs to STFU and talk about it w his gameplay, haha which won’t happen in Chicago

  13. Don’t worry, Julius. . .by early November or so, you’ll have all the anonymity you can handle, because your team will be playing for draft position by then.

  14. Gee no one bothers you in Chi-Town? Child Please! Urlacher’s domestic business was always in the news.

  15. While I agree that Florio sounds like a little bitch right now about Peppers, I agree with him that Peppers is really a moron for his comments and he’s a real weirdo. His personality is just so strange. He’s not a leader, and he doesn’t work hard. He makes excuses for himself. The Bears overpaid for this guy

  16. I hope the people of Chicago rise up and run this guy out of town. The reason people in Charlotte put Peppers under the lights was because he got his huge contract and then stopped performing. In fact in most games it was hard to tell if he was even on the field. Until it was time for him to resign, then he tried. So you can have this money grubbing jackass Chicago.

  17. He didn’t talk much because he has marbles in his mouth.
    I’m glad Mumbles is out of Charlotte, I just wish it would have happened last year when they could have got something for him or before paying him a million a game.

  18. do Peppers think nobody tried to peak in Jordan’s house, Chicago is a bigger market then Charlotte you moron!!

  19. Anyone with an email address can write anything.
    Above is your proof.
    Peppers will FLOP in Chitown because he’s gettng “PAID”… and never had that great work ethic to begin with.
    He doesn’t realize that just because he has the biggest check, doesn’t make him “THE MAN”.
    i still think he’s a (unt.

  20. Florio, you’re a prick! I’m still tring to figure out why you have such a hard-on for the Bears. All your posts about them are negative.
    As for “thecrazytomato”, paying to see a team or player does not give people the right to stand in front of players homes. Are you a stalker? Because I don’t see any other reason for justifying this behavior.

  21. What Peppers fails to mention about the Beason thing is that what Beason said on his radio spot revolved around Beason sitting at home watching Monday Night Football and ONE OF HIS TEAMMATES CALLED HIM ON THE PHONE and without mentioning a player’s name said something to the effect of “Boy don’t we wish we saw this out of someone play in and play out?” and Beason agreed & said he would be having a talk “with that player”. They were watching Jared Allen I believe. And you wonder why Pep decided to play balls out against the Vikings now?
    Beason never said the name Peppers on air IIRC.
    Again…it was another teammate who called Beason and said this to him and Beason agreed so yes Julius, there were at least one teammate of yours who felt this way, besides Beason.
    I do find it quite interesting that Peppers never had two words for any media person until his contract was up after 2007.

  22. Really hasn’t said anything newsworthy.
    His nitpicking rebuttal is B.S. and I’m sure even he knows it, he is lazy at times, admit and collect your millions.

  23. “And please, Chicagoans, we implore you. Do not ever try to see who might be at Peppers’ house.”
    what is with you and bashing athletes that want privacy…..oh ben is an ass cause he wants a tall fence cause he has 100 million dollar deal….yeah jackass he does because pro athletes are targeting to break ins and robbereys all the time…..sean taylor for instance.
    now your getting at peppers because he doesnt like wierdos sittin near his house tryin to peak in the windows……its amazing how you think these guys deserve no privacy…….your a moron florio im gonna come look in your windows tonight and see what your doin see how it makes you feel

  24. Exactly Right. I think everyone that is complaining must be bears fans but they will soon understand Peppers.
    I mean how dare the people of Charlotte be all about the Panthers?
    Should we apologize?
    I am sorry Julius for spending so much money on tickets to help pay your salary and for being such a big fan. I should have only acted like I liked the Panthers a little bit.
    What was I thinking?

  25. He seems like a tortured soul. No close friends…second highest paid player last year in an organization/city who loved him…paid hansomely even in non-contract years when he was relatively invisable…etc….etc. STILL, the guy is unhappy & talking crap about a team & city that never mistreated him?! He’s a sad case.
    I cannot disagree with Florio on pointing out Peppers. He doesn’t say a word while in Charlotte, is loved & adored, but then leaves & talks a ton of crap ( low class). Sad thing is that when he kept quiet, he seemed classy!

  26. This Peppers is an idiot…..He will be exposed in Chi-town for sure…..Man up and walk the walk Peppers.

  27. Peppers is typical of the UNC guys who make it big. They tend to forget who are the reasons they are successful. Peppers dogged it so much here in Carolina they shoulda put a poodle on the side of his helmet instead of a panther.An awful lot of the fanbase is glad hes gone.
    that speaks volumes in itself.

  28. # thecrazytomato says: March 21, 2010 2:02 PM
    ‘Hmmmm. I wonder if he knows it was the people that made him rich.’
    You’re talking about Florio, right?

  29. CHARLOTTE aint all about the panthers. those cowards have no heart. I went down there for the Birds / Panthers game. They were all runnin thier mouths till our first drive. Then we kicked the hell outta them. THE STADIUM WAS DAMN NEAR EMPTY by halftime. buncha polo shirts wearin, tight pant havin latte drinkin farries

  30. It’s better to say nothing and have people think you are an idiot, rather than open your mouth and remove all doubt.

  31. Funny, after Beason called him out, he actually started playing hard. Coincidence, I think not.
    Good luck with that head case Chicago.

  32. This is nothing Panther fans you should see how biased Florio is when he writes about anything Raiders.

  33. florio can`t risk riding a jet ski…. if he fell off only his hair would float causing him to drown.

  34. Re: “They’ve got hockey”

    Say what?
    Carolina Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup less than 4 years ago in 2006.
    The last time Chicago won the Stanley Cup was FORTY-NINE years ago in 1961.

  35. I live in Charlotte and have spoken with him several times. He’s a nice guy. He was never anything but friendly and courteous. However, what he has to realize is…he’s 6’8 320 lbs and has his face plastered across North Carolina. Of course people are going to notice him. Not only that, he played hoops for UNC so he’s been in the spotlight around here forever. Maybe he didn’t like the spotlight because it was obvious that the Panthers couldn’t count on him. I don’t care how many sacks he had this year or what he did in the past. He racked up sacks in crap games that meant nothing against 2nd and 3rd string offense. Either he wasn’t putting forth the effort or didn’t possess the ability. Either way, I’m glad Julius Peppers is gone. He didn’t want to be here and we were happy to oblige…Memp!

  36. How great would it be if the only way B McKinnie keeps his job is holding Peppers to no sacks this year in there 2 games. I wanna see Favre sacked more then anyone (especially after that Strahan B.S and yes he is coming back) but Peppers is worthless. Seriously you want to know why people call you out you had 2.5 sacks one year. I guarantee you the last 5-7 games that season NO ONE was double teaming him or even crack blocking him with a TE or RB. He could have had multiple great seasons, but his ego will never get out of his way.
    Peppers 2010 stats: 29 tackles 5.5 sacks and 20 million dollars salary Good thing some of the premiere QB rushers don’t get paid almost 4 mil per sack
    Great signing Bears staff. Least you made it easy on the new regime to cut him when they get there

  37. I love that people question peppers, because once again he will prove them wrong, and show everyone why he is the most dominating defensive presence in the league

  38. This team is going to IMPLODE if they start losing early….A coaching staff filled with egos, a double chinned interception machine, an old defense and this clown who will look at his bank account every morning and lose all motivation.
    Lay Down Chicago Bears. Can’t wait to see who your new coach will be next year.

  39. MYEAGLES, what did you expect you retard, Delhomme turned the ball over 5 times again, first game back from the Arizona playoff game in the first half alone..
    I really can’t believe you’d make fun of Panther fans, do you really believe folks in the nfl respect your fan base? give me a break dude, everyone knows Eagles fans are the biggest turds around. Won’t yall win somethin first before you make light of another teams misfortunes.

  40. @myeaglescantwin
    Arnt Eagles fans the ones who boo McNabb year in and year out? I can basically say if any team is getting beat by 21 at halftime lots of them would filter to.
    And Peppers I am sorry for buying your jersey buying tickets cheering for you a few times a year.

  41. “In Charlotte, it was all about the Panthers. . . .”
    Shows how wrapped up in his own small little world, he is. He obviously never tried to drive I85 on race day.
    This town has always been about NASCAR, long before even his grandmomma was born. He’s lucky he was able to draw a paycheck, here, playing football.
    Richardson did a heck of a job bringing the Panthers to town, and sandwiching them in between the speedway and Arnold Palmer golf courses.
    He wants to whine about lack of privacy, he shoulda talked to the Earnhardts, and Pettys.
    His lack of privacy at home, is a result of his poor choice of real estate. You want privacy, you don’t buy a mansion with lake access that can’t be controlled. You buy land, with lots of trees (of which there are more in Carolina than Chicago, I don’t doubt) between your freakishly large house and the road.
    His small world, where he is the center of, and the lack of friends and communication, show why he thinks so little of Charlotte, after all this time here. He never went past the boundaries he set in his own mind.
    And, of course, myeaglescantwin, you saw poloshirts and latte sipping fans. Lucky there were any there, at all. Charlotte is a banking headquarters. The bankers golf and go to the football games.
    Everybody else is watching someone make four left turns as fast as they can.

  42. @Johnnyutah
    Most dominating defensive player in the league? He’s not even the most dominating player at his own position lol. How about Jared Allen? Darrelle Revis? Polamalu when healthy. I wouldn’t even have Pep in the top 10.

  43. This article quotes Pepper’s in length but there MUST be a misprint because there isn’t a single stutter.

  44. pilot08 says:everyone knows Eagles fans are the biggest turds around. Won’t yall win somethin first before you make light of another teams misfortunes.
    hah you called us turds and than said wont yall …….the south cracks me up “yall” are crazy down there

  45. Eagles fans are talking crap about Carolina because the Panthers broke McNabb’s ribs and cost the igles the 2005 NFC Championship. Boohoo igles boy. Boohoo.

  46. Florio, I consider your reference to Gary Fogel to be an even more thinly veiled reference to your own hair piece, considering Gary Fogel wore a hair piece. Is this some sort of cry for help? PFT Nation is here for you, brosef.
    Peppers is the man. I watched him play regularly in both college and the pros. When he comes to play he goes beast mode on everybody. I like him to have a strong year out the gate and to have more solid years as a Bear than people are thinking. He has the God-given ability to play at a high level late into his career. I am more concerned about why the Bears haven’t tried to be more active amongst free agent WRs. Cutler has to get at least one servicible veteran on that team. Sign T.O.
    You have a sick haircut, Florio.

  47. lol filthadelphia boy is acting like the glorified drunk tank his beloved iggles play in wouldn’t be half empty if they were down 31-10 or whatever the score was at half time. I guess any stadium experience that doesn’t involve standing in puddles of vomit and urine isn’t xxxtreme enough for him.
    Carolina limped to .500 last season with the worst starting QB in the league and one of the toughest schedules. Dismiss Matt Moore and the 41-9 and 26-7 shellacking of the Giants and Vikings at your own risk.

  48. Also, while the oft-repeated sentiment that “Peppers is a beast when he turns it on” is generally true, you won’t get to see him amped up unless it’s a contract year or he’s lining up against cellar dwellers. Games like he had against the Vikings where he straight up wrecked a very good tackle (something he should easily do much more often) are very rare. He disappears in big games and gets owned one on one by tight ends way too much for me to not doubt his effort.

  49. “Of course it did. It had to have gotten taken out of context because Peppers is the greatest defensive end — no, the greatest player at any position — in the history of football. And anyone who might wonder whether he is getting the most out of his God-given potential is either nitpicking, or his comments are being taken out of context.”
    Biased much? This excerpt of your post is way out of line, and is solely based on your personal opinion of Peppers. Just because you started this website doesn’t mean your an accomplished writer. You sound as if Julius stole your girlfriend or something, and are holding a high-school grudge against him. Grow up you loser!

  50. “During eight NFL seasons, former Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers didn’t have much to say. He’s talking a blue streak now, jack.”
    ===================================
    wow… J pep must’ve screwed your ugly ass wife. chicago has a larger media base so we’re going to hear more from J Pep in chicago than he ever did in carolina.

  51. giantcatfanhouse says: March 21, 2010 3:46 PM
    “In Charlotte, it was all about the Panthers. . . .”
    Shows how wrapped up in his own small little world, he is. He obviously never tried to drive I85 on race day.
    =====================================
    Redneck NASCAR stuff does not count.
    That is right up there with professional wrestling in the world of the hillbilly.

  52. lol at all the blindly optimistic Bears fans who don’t realize what an overpaid headcase they signed

  53. this website should be called profootballdramatalk.com
    maybe peppers can bunk it with cutler in the preseason. i believe they could relate to each other a lot. cutler could show him all of his hiding spots too.

  54. How sad, so many Haters here. JP was a great player for the Panthers, those who doubt that can look at the facts. He led the Panthers in sacks over half the time he was on the team and he made the Pro Bowl at least twice. If he was so baddd as so many of you want to say or so lazzzy then why didn’t someone else lead the team in sacks. How can anyone blame someone for wanting privacy. I don’t care who pays my salary it doesn’t give them the right to invade my private life or my personal space, get some respect, get some priorities and get a life. JP will play well in Chicago, he is an awesome player. Just cause he left, some people want him to fail, sour grapes are all that is, grow up. The guy is a class act and wasn’t in the paper for getting in trouble and being divisive on the team. Any city/team would be happy to have a player like that, especially one of his caliber. Chicago is a wonderful town, I lived there for a decade, you’ll love the variety and the open mindedness. From one Tarheel(Morrison) to another, good luck JP!

  55. Peppers somewhat has a point about the ppl tying their boats and jet skis up in the water by where he lives. I live on Lake Norman myself only about 2 miles from Peppers and see this all the time. In front of his house not mine. However I dont think anyone is trying to see in his windows. His house is far enough off the lake that is almost impossible even with binoculars. I just wish Chicago would have drafted the guy 8 or 9 years ago so that he wouldnt have built that huge ass house right where my duck blind used to sit. GO SAINTS!!!

  56. Urlacher who has been the leader of the team, Cutler who will pout if he isn’t the leader, Peppers who thinks he’s the greatest thing since Ali, Forte who is pouting about the Bears signing C. Taylor, Greg Olson who will be crying in a Martz led offense, Martz who will undermine Lovie just like he has did with every other headcoach he has worked under, Lovie being too much a player’s coach………..this is like trying to build a winner by putting square pegs in round holes…….how long before the 2010 implosion, will they make it til mid season??????
    ==================================
    LOL first of all, urlacher is the leader of the defense and cutler leads the offense smart guy…the bears needed a solid backup rb cuz forte might not last the whole season again. Martz is not dumb, he’s going to use olsen in his offense. why do you think they got malumaleuna? he’ll be blocking and olsen will be out wide. lastly don’t let florio brainwash you about peppers. Look at the tackles he’ll be up against in the north. i dont know why you think this guy won’t produce. just stick to criticizing ur own team

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