Forever young Julius Peppers still chasing 'rabbits' and (Super Bowl) rings
GREEN BAY,DeMarcus Ware Jersey Wis. жЇЏ Julius Peppers hasnпјЉt changed much over the years. HeпјЉs 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 жЇЏ not with his position group жЇЏ 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
вЂ»When I was a little younger I could take two, three months off without doing anything,В§ Peppers said. вЂ»Now I canпјЉt do that.Kawann Short Jersey IпјЉve got to stay active.В§
One way Peppers does that is to train with smaller, faster players. ItпјЉs not unusual in the PackersпјЉ 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.
вЂ»IпјЉve been doing that since college,В§ Peppers said. вЂ»I like to run,Michael Bennett Jersey thatпјЉs 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 JerseyВ§
And he usually does.
вЂ»Julius Peppers is ageless,В§ Packers coach Mike McCarthy said this offseason. вЂ»When you see him run and do some of the conditioning stuff that he runs with the DBs,Jeremy Hill Jersey [heпјЉs] just such an impressive, impressive athlete, and the way he keeps himself in great shape.В§
Peppers hasnпјЉt taken a practice off during organized team activities,Daryl Washington Jersey at least not when reporters have been present, and he wouldnпјЉt want one off even if McCarthy offered. Peppers has missed only one Packers practice жЇЏ Nov. 30 last year жЇЏ and it wasnпјЉt because of an injury. To hear teammate Clay Matthews tell it, it wasnпјЉt PeppersпјЉ call to take a day of rest heading into a Thursday night game