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Former Tar Heel star Julius Peppers makes first appearance on College Football HOF ballot

Julius Peppers: A look at an NFL legend

After 17 years in the NFL, Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers announced his retirement on Friday, Feb. 1, 2018. Here's a look at his career as a Panther.
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After 17 years in the NFL, Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers announced his retirement on Friday, Feb. 1, 2018. Here's a look at his career as a Panther.

Former North Carolina Tar Heels and Carolina Panthers star Julius Peppers will make his first appearance on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot.

Peppers, who played at UNC from 1998 to 2001, is one of 76 bowl subdivision candidates who will be on the 2020 ballot.

The National Football Foundation announced on Monday the names of the players and six coaches who will be considered for the Hall of Fame.

Peppers was a unanimous first-team all-American in 2001 and won the Bednarik and Lombardi awards. He was also the Chevrolet Defensive Player of the Year and finished 10th in Heisman Trophy voting.

In 2000, he led the ACC with 24 tackles for loss and 15 sacks. He ranks second all-time in program history with 30.5 sacks. Peppers was drafted No. 2 overall in 2002 by the Carolina Panthers.

If inducted, Peppers would be the sixth UNC football players inducted into the Hall of Fame. UNC football coach Mack Brown was part of the 2018 Hall of Fame class.

“Julius Peppers is one of the greatest players to ever play the game of football at both the professional and collegiate level, so it’s no surprise to me that he would land on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot as soon as the rules allowed,” Brown said in a statement. “We’re so proud of Julius for all that he’s accomplished and for the way he represents himself, his family and the University of North Carolina. When he’s eventually inducted, and I believe he will be, he’ll be an extremely deserving addition to this prestigious list of all-time great college football players.”

The announcement of the 2020 Class will be made in January 2020.

Jonathan M. Alexander has been covering the North Carolina Tar Heels since May 2018. He previously covered Duke basketball and recruiting in the ACC. He is an alumnus of N.C. Central University.

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