Forever young Julius Peppers still chasing 'rabbits' and (Super Bowl) rings
GREEN BAY,DeMarcus Ware Jersey Wis. 每 Julius Peppers hasn＊t changed much over the years. He＊s still the most impressive-looking athlete in most rooms, including the Green Bay Packers' locker room.Jason Witten Jersey He still runs with the defensive backs 每 not with his position group 每 when he trains. And, oh, does he train.Rashad Jennings Jersey
More than ever.
At age 36 and entering his 15th NFL season, Peppers let everyone in on a little secret about his longevity: The older he gets, the less time off he takes.Randall Cobb Jersey
※When I was a little younger I could take two, three months off without doing anything,§ Peppers said. ※Now I can＊t do that.Kawann Short Jersey I＊ve got to stay active.§
One way Peppers does that is to train with smaller, faster players. It＊s not unusual in the Packers＊ offseason program for the coaches to see the 6-foot-7,Chris Hogan Jersey 287-pound Peppers going for runs with cornerbacks and safeties whom he outweighs by close to 100 pounds.
※I＊ve been doing that since college,§ Peppers said. ※I like to run,Michael Bennett Jersey that＊s my thing. I like to run in the offseason, so if I have a chance to get with those little guys and try to push myself and use one of those guys as a rabbit, I try to jump in there with them and see if I can keep up.Sean Davis Jersey§
And he usually does.
※Julius Peppers is ageless,§ Packers coach Mike McCarthy said this offseason. ※When you see him run and do some of the conditioning stuff that he runs with the DBs,Jeremy Hill Jersey [he＊s] just such an impressive, impressive athlete, and the way he keeps himself in great shape.§
Peppers hasn＊t taken a practice off during organized team activities,Daryl Washington Jersey at least not when reporters have been present, and he wouldn＊t want one off even if McCarthy offered. Peppers has missed only one Packers practice 每 Nov. 30 last year 每 and it wasn＊t because of an injury. To hear teammate Clay Matthews tell it, it wasn＊t Peppers＊ call to take a day of rest heading into a Thursday night game