Julius Peppers is calling it a career after 17 years in the NFL.  The elite pass rusher spent 10 of those 17 years with the Carolina Panthers over two different stints.

The 39-year-old finishes his career fourth on the all-time sack list with 159.5 sacks.  

Peppers topped off his Hall of Fame career with a Hall of Fame retirement announcement video.  

“Thank you.  For the victories and the good times.  For the lessons and the times we desired more.  For the sacrifices, the belief, the confidence and the unwavering support, I’m thankful.  Because without you, this wasn’t possible.  Thank you for the spirit, the resolve and the attitude to Keep Pounding.  It’s not something we just say around here, it’s how we live.  I’m thankful for the things you showed me about life that were bigger than football and for a second chance; a new beginning.”

From the second overall pick by the Panthers in 2002 to Canton in a few years.  Peppers had a hell of a career.