Older, wiser - definitely more experienced - Julius Peppers is looking forward to his 14th NFL season.
At 35, Peppers will be the oldest player on the field when the Packers visit the Chicago Bears in the longtime rivals' season opener Sunday.
He considers that an honor.
''I'm fortunate to be out here nike nfl Julius Peppers jerseys with all of these young guys, (so) I don't mind it,'' the pass-rush specialist said wholesale Julius Peppers jerseys Friday. ''In my eyes, it's a good thing.''
This weekend's game also is the Chicago coaching debut for John Fox, who has great familiarity with Peppers. With Fox in his first year as their coach in 2002, the Carolina Panthers selected Julius Peppers jerseys from china former North Carolina standout Peppers with the No. 2 pick in the draft.
''Somebody sent me a picture the day we drafted him,'' Fox said this week. ''I know I barely recognize myself, (but) he looks pretty much the same. The guy's taken great care of himself. Anybody with longevity in this league does.''
Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac also was on Carolina's coaching staff when Peppers entered the NFL.
Trgovac, who was the Panthers' defensive line coach in 2002 before taking over as their defensive coordinator, remembers what set the 6-foot-7 Peppers apart early in his career as a formidable defensive end.
''He had really freakish athletic ability, the flexibility, stuff like that,'' Trgovac said.
Peppers was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year after leading Carolina with 12 sacks. Not much has changed 13 years later.
Peppers' superb career has included 125 1/2 sacks, 43 forced fumbles, 11 interceptions and cheap Julius Peppers jerseys five touchdown returns.
''He can Julius Peppers jerseys free shipping definitely create havoc, for sure,'' Fox said.
Fox saw the devastation caused by Peppers in eight years with the Panthers, who reached the Super Bowl in the 2003 season.
''He's a guy that you'd better know where he is,'' Fox said. ''I've watched him jump up and pick the ball right out of the sky on kind of quick screens, so I'm definitely a fan of his ability and I think our people (with the Bears) understand that.''