Panthers: Julius Peppers remains hungrier than ever

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Julius Peppers
(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Julius Peppers /

The Carolina Panthers veteran  is determined for success…

Nine years after being drafted by the Carolina Panthers, defensive end Julius Peppers still has the hunger to win. It is pretty remarkable when you think of all the roster and coaching turnover the Carolina Panthers have experienced during his career. Granted, he was not there for some of it, but even still it is amazing how in an ever-changing league, Peppers has remained a constant.

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The hunger to win combined with a talented defense were just some of the reasons Peppers chose to come back. In an interview with on Monday, Peppers elaborated why he chose to come back after already putting together a successful career, and what factors played a role into his decision. Among the reasons that made his decision easier was the promotion of Eric Washington to defensive coordinator.

"“It definitely made it easier. I’ve known him for a long time.” Peppers said. “I know what he stands for and the things he can do,” Peppers said. “I wanted to spend a year in his defense and be there for him.”"

Peppers certainly brings an edge to the defense. With 154.5 sacks and 543 tackles in 250 games, he certainly knows what it takes to be successful. He thinks this edition of the Carolina Panthers defense is something special and he would love to cap off a 10-year career holding the Lombardi Trophy in February.

"“I feel like, this team, we’ve got a shot,” said Peppers, who has never won a Super Bowl. “I wanted to give it one more try.”"

This might be his best shot since the New England Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers 32-29 in Super Bowl XXXVIII. Back then, Peppers was a second-year pro.

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This Panthers team certainly has a lot of promise and potential. After a minicamp this week, the next step is training camp in July. Until then, let the dog days of June and the start of July begin.