Julius Peppers named to the 2023 College Football Hall of Fame ballot

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The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced the names for the 2023 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame and one UNC football great was among the selections.

Former UNC football star Julius Peppers was the lone selection from the North Carolina program.

Peppers spent time at UNC from 1999-2001 and immediately became one of the top defensive players in the country and in the history of the sport. He finished his career with 167 tackles, 30.5 sacks, 53 tackles for loss, five interceptions and five forced fumbles.

He was a unanimous First-Team All-American as a senior and won the Chuck Bednarik Award, for the nation’s top defensive player, and the Rotary Lombardi Award, which at the time was given to the nation’s top interior lineman.

Throughout his career at North Carolina, he was also a two-time First-Team All-ACC selection and led the nation with 15 sacks during his sophomore season.

After his UNC career, Peppers went on to be drafted by the Carolina Panthers as the No. 2 overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft.

Per the announcement, the official unveiling of the 2023 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be made in early 2023.

The 2023 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be officially inducted during the 65th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 5, 2023, and permanently immortalized at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

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