Julius Peppers, Carolina Panthers
At 6-foot-7 and 295 pounds with 4.65-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Julius Peppers is one of the most physically gifted athletes in NFL history. Before the Panthers drafted him with the 2nd overall pick in 2002, Peppers was a two-sport (football & basketball) standout at the University of North Carolina. Since entering the league in 2002, he has been one of the league’s most dominant defensive players, finishing with 10 or more sacks in 10 seasons. Peppers already has 9 Pro Bowl selections, and might get voted in again this season, at the age of 37. As of Week 16, Peppers ranked 4th in career sacks, with a total of 153.5, putting him within striking distance of Kevin Greene (160) for 3rd on the all-time list. Few defensive players in NFL history have terrorized quarterbacks more than Julius Peppers.