PRO CAREER: Eight-time Pro Bowler enters his fourth season with the Bears, earning Pro Bowl nods after each of his first three seasons in Chicago, after spending 8 seasons with Carolina (2002-09)… Ranks second in the NFL in sacks (111.5), tied for fourth in forced fumbles (37) and leads all defensive lineman in INTs (8) since he entered the league in 2002… Also collected 48 PBUs and 13 fumble recoveries… Started 168-of-170 career games played… Started all 48 games since coming to the Bears in 2010, tied only with Charles Tillman for the most starts by a Bear in that span... Has blocked 11 kicks in his career...
PRO CAREER: Eight-time Pro Bowler enters his fourth season with the Bears, earning Pro Bowl nods after each of his first three seasons in Chicago, after spending 8 seasons with Carolina (2002-09)… Ranks second in the NFL in sacks (111.5), tied for fourth in forced fumbles (37) and leads all defensive lineman in INTs (8) since he entered the league in 2002… Also collected 48 PBUs and 13 fumble recoveries… Started 168-of-170 career games played… Started all 48 games since coming to the Bears in 2010, tied only with Charles Tillman for the most starts by a Bear in that span... Has blocked 11 kicks in his career... Reached double-digit sacks in eight of his 11 seasons… Posted 25 career multi-sack games and nine 3-sack games… Totaled 3 career return TDs (2 INTs and 1 fumble)… All-time Panthers leader in sacks, forced fumbles and blocked kicks… Utilized as a wideout in goal-line situations on offense in 2004 and 2005... Started all 10 career playoff games, tallying 32 tackles (24 solo), 2.0 sacks, 1 INT, 3 PBUs and 1 forced fumble.
HONORS & AWARDS: 2012 - Pro Bowl; Piccolo Award. 2011 - Pro Bowl; NFC Defensive Player of the Month (11/11). 2010 - Pro Bowl; First-team All-Pro (AP); All-Pro (The Sporting News, Sports Illustrated); All-NFL (Pro Football Weekly); NFC Defensive Player of the Month (11/10); NFC Defensive Player of the Week (11/18). 2009 – Pro Bowl; NFC Defensive Player of the Week (11/1); All-Decade team (AP). 2008 – Pro Bowl; NFC Defensive Player of the Week at OAK (11/9/08). 2006 – Pro Bowl; NFC Defensive Player of the Month (10/06); NFC Defensive Player of the Week (11/13). 2005 – Pro Bowl. 2004 – Pro Bowl; First-team All-Pro (AP, College and Pro Football Weekly, Football Digest); All-Pro (The Sporting News); All-NFL (Pro Football Weekly); All-NFC (Pro Football Weekly); NFC Defensive Player of the Years (NFL Alumni, Kansas City 101 Club); NFC Defensive Player of the Month (11/04). 2002 – NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (AP, Sports Illustrated, Pro Football Weekly and Football Digest); All-Rookie (Pro Football Weekly); NFL Rookie of the Month (10/02).
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Carolina in the 1st round (2nd overall) of the 2002 Draft (4/20/02)… Designated as franchise player by Carolina (2/19/09)... Signed 6-year contract with Chicago (3/5/10). SIGNED THROUGH 2015
2012 SEASON: Named to third consecutive Pro Bowl as a member of the Bears and eighth overall in NFL career… Started all 16 games for third consecutive season and ninth time in 11 NFL seasons… Paced Chicago and tied for ninth in NFL with 11.5 sacks, fourth-highest total of his career and highest since 2008… 11.5 sacks are most by a Bears player since Mark Anderson's 12 in 2006… Tied for first in the NFL with a career-high 4 opponent fumble recoveries… 19 QB pressures were second most on the team... Finished with 26 tackles (19 solo), 1 FF and 4 TFLs... Posted his ninth 3-sack performance on the road against the Arizona Cardinals (12/23). GAMES PLAYED-STARTED: 16-16
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2011 - Named to seventh Pro Bowl after pacing Bears with 11 sacks and 55 QB pressures... Started all 16 contests for seventh time in his career... Ranked second on team with 3 forced fumbles, two of which were recovered by Bears defense for a TD... Had 9 sacks over final 11 contests... Added 27 tackles, 5 TFLs, 2 FRs, 1 PBU and a blocked kick... Also dropped Falcons QB Matt Ryan in Week 1 (9/11) on two-point conversion attempt, which does not count as a sack. 2010 - Consensus All-Pro in his first season in Chicago, started all 16 games and led the team in QB pressures (23) and tied for the team lead in sacks (8.0) and forced fumbles (3)... Led all defensive linemen with 50 tackles and 6 TFLs... One of two defensive linemen in the league to grab 2 INTs... Added 7 PBUs and blocked kick... Started both postseason contests, collecting 4 tackles (3 solo) and 4 QB pressures. 2009 - En route to his fifth career Pro Bowl selection, posted 55 tackles (35 solo) and 10.5 sacks… Added 5 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 2 INTs and 4 PBUs… Also scored his third career defensive TD, a 13-yard INT return… Started 14 of 16 games played… Collected back-to-back multi-sack games. 2008 - Started all 16 games and led Carolina with a career-high 14.5 sacks to go along with 63 tackles (41 solo), 5 forced fumbles and 7 PBUs, en route to Pro Bowl... The 14.5 sacks are tied for the second-highest single-season total in team history... Tallied 2 tackles and 1 quarterback hurry in the Panthers playoff game vs. ARZ (1/10/09). 2007 - Started first 14 games of the season before being placed on injured reserve with a knee injury (12/26/07)...Totaled 55 tackles (37 solo), 2.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 INT and 3 PBUs... Blocked two field goals on special teams to match team singleseason record. 2006 - Started all 16 games, finishing with 75 tackles (61 solo), 13.0 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and 6 PBUs... Blocked two field goals on special teams to set a Panthers single-season record... Led team in sacks and paced the defensive line in tackles... His 13 sacks tied for second in the NFC... Posted at least one sack in five straight games, which matched the longest streak of his career... Became the first player in franchise history to break the 50.0 sack mark for a career... Produced two games with three sacks. 2005 - Started all 16 games for the third consecutive season... Totaled 70 tackles (46 solo), 10.5 sacks, 34 quarterback hurries, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and 4 PBUs... Blocked a field goal on special teams, the third of his career... Produced two games with three sacks... Helped Panthers lead NFC with a team-record 42 takeaways and a plus-16 turnover differential... Started all three postseason games, registering 12 tackles, 1.0 sack, a forced fumble and 1 PBU... Became the second player in NFL history to record at least 3.0 sacks and block a field goal in the same game (vs. DAL, 12/24)… The blocked kick was the third of his career and broke the team record. 2004 - Started all 16 games, generating 85 tackles (63 solo), 11.0 sacks, 2 INTs – including one returned for a TD – 4 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery that he turned for a TD… Led team in sacks, forced fumbles and INT return yards...Led defensive line in tackles... Collected 143 INT return yards, the most in a single season in NFL history by a D-linemen… Posted 203 total return yards (143 INT, 60 fumble), the highest mark by a defensive lineman since the AFC-NFC merger… Blocked a field goal on special teams... Established career highs in tackles and interceptions... Interception return for a touchdown and fumble return for a score made him the first defensive player in team history to score two touchdowns in a single season... Became second defensive lineman in team history to record 2 interceptions… Utilized as a tight end in goal line situations on offense and had two passes thrown to him but did not have a reception… Set the team mark for longest INT return in franchise history with 97-yard return… Became first defensive player in franchise history to score 2 TDs in the same season. 2003 - Led team with 32 QB hurries and ranked second with 7.0 sacks… Collected 65 tackles (48 solo), 3 forced fumbles and 6 PBUs… Started all 16 games… Blocked a field goal on special teams… Member of defensive line that ranked second in the NFL with 32.5 sacks… Started all four postseason contests and led team with 14 QB hurries while adding an INT, 1.0 sack, 14 tackles and 2 PBUs. 2002: Starter in all 12 games he played… Led the Panthers and ranked second among NFL rookies with 12 sacks… Credited with 54 tackles, 1 INT, 5 forced fumbles and 4 PBUs... His 12 sacks ranked second among rookies, fourth in the NFC and were the most ever registered by a Carolina defensive lineman… Sack total also tied him for fifth all-time among NFL rookies… Posted two 3.0-sack games, matching the NFL record for most 3.0-sack games by a rookie… Amassed at least two sacks in three contests to equal the rookie record for multi-sack games in a season… Part of only defensive end duo in the NFL to each register at least 10 sacks during the season… Suspended for the final four games of the season by the NFL for violating the banned substance policy… Tallied 3.0 sacks vs. DET (9/15) and at DAL (10/13), the most ever for a Panthers rookie which tied a team record.
COLLEGE: Left University of North Carolina in 2001 following a junior campaign 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… Finalist for the Nagurski Award, an honor awarded by the Football Writers Association to college football's best defensive player…
In only three seasons, he started 33 of the 34 games he played… Ranked second all-time in Tar Heels history with 30.5 sacks… Accumulated 53 stops behind the line of scrimmage, 167 tackles, five interceptions, two fumble recoveries, five forced fumbles, 13 passes defensed and 42 quarterback pressures… Returned two of his interceptions and one of his fumble recoveries for touchdowns… Was also a walk-on member of the men's basketball team where he was a reserve on the 1999-2000 Tar Heels team that made it to the Final Four… Also a reserve on the 2000-01 men's basketball team where he scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a second-round tournament loss to Penn State… Decided to focus solely on football and did not play basketball in his final season.
PERSONAL: Attended Southern Nash High School (Bailey, NC)… Played running back and defensive lineman, finished his career with 3,501 rushing yards and 46 touchdowns… Also lettered in basketball and was voted all-conference as a power forward for four consecutive years… In 1998, Southern Nash won the state championship in track for the first time in the school's history and Peppers contributed as a sprinter, winning the state championship in the 4×200 meter team relay and as a triple jumper… Majored in Afro-American Studies at North Carolina.