McCarthy: ‘When Julius Peppers speaks, everybody listens’

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on January 6, 2017 – 10:03 am

170106-mccarthy-950GREEN BAY — As has been the tradition under Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy, the team selected its playoff captains prior to Sunday’s Wild Card playoff matchup with the New York Giants.

For the third consecutive year, 15-year veteran Julius Peppers was among the six who were selected in addition to quarterback Aaron Rodgers, right guard T.J. Lang, safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, kicker Mason Crosby and defensive back Micah Hyde.

Peppers is the only player who isn’t a homegrown Packers prospect out of the six who were chosen. However, the nine-time Pro Bowler has grown into a respected member of the locker room during his three seasons in Green Bay.

“I think it shows the impact he has in our locker room,” McCarthy said. “To get a veteran player that late in his career, a Hall of Fame player in my opinion, his approach to the game is so professional. This is the first year we’ve held him out of practice, but he has a great work ethic in practice. When he speaks, everybody listens. He’s done a phenomenal job with our young players. He’s done a tremendous job during his time here in Green Bay.”

The Packers take a different approach with how they select their captains compared to most of the NFL. Each season, they rotate three different captains – offense, defense and special teams – during the regular season before having the team vote who will represent the Packers in the playoffs.

The honor comes added responsibility to the team.

“You put a little more on their plate than you do throughout the season,” McCarthy said. “We have a format where we select three captains weekly. When we go to six playoff captains, there’s more responsibility because the stakes are higher and as far as who speaks to the team.”

McCarthy said Thursday’s padded practice was one of the coldest the team has had during his time in Green Bay with wind chills hovering around minus-20 degrees.

However, he believes the frigid conditions should have the team prepared for whatever weather greets the Packers on Sunday.

On the injury front, McCarthy said both receiver Randall Cobb (ankle) and cornerback Damarious Randall (knee) are continuing to make progress leading into Saturday’s final practice.

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Captains selected for Packers vs. Bears

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 20, 2016 – 1:25 pm


As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Today’s captains will be T David Bakhtiari (offense), LB Julius Peppers (defense) and LS Brett Goode (special teams).

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Julius Peppers to participate in NFL Business Academy

Posted by Ryan Hartwig on February 25, 2016 – 2:01 pm

160215-peppers-950Packers linebacker Julius Peppers is one of 34 current and former NFL players who will take part in the inaugural NFL Business Academy, set for Feb. 29-March 4 at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

The five-day program, which is named for Miami Dolphins owner Stephen M. Ross, includes seminars in business management, entrepreneurship, franchising, product design and real estate.

“We are dedicated to preparing our players for the next phase in their lives,” said Charles Way, vice president of NFL Player Engagement. “This expanded program provides the education, mentorship and business advice that will help our players and their significant others to achieve success in a variety of careers after their time on the field.”

Also participating in the program are former Packers DuJuan Harris (49ers) and Marshall Newhouse (Giants).

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Packers Pro Bowl selections join Team Rice together

Posted by Duke Bobber on January 27, 2016 – 8:07 pm

160127-pro-bowl-950Packers Pro Bowl selections found out which teams they were assigned to for Sunday’s Pro Bowl in Hawaii. Pro Football Hall of Fame WRs Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice, serving as team captains, built their rosters for the annual all-star game in a fantasy football-style draft.

LB Clay Matthews (six-time selection), FB John Kuhn (three) and G Josh Sitton (three) were pre-selected to Team Rice prior to the televised Pro Bowl draft. Julius Peppers (nine) joined his Green Bay teammates when Team Rice selected him and named him a starter.

QB Aaron Rodgers received Pro Bowl honors for a fifth time but will not participate due to injury. Raiders QB Derek Carr will replace him.

The Packers coaching staff was assigned to Team Irvin and will be facing off against their Green Bay players.

The Packers announced Wednesday that Head Coach Mike McCarthy will not attend the Pro Bowl in Hawaii because of a stomach illness. Associate Head Coach/Linebackers Winston Moss will assume McCarthy’s head-coaching responsibilities at the game.

Packers on Team Rice
*FB John Kuhn
*LB Clay Matthews
G Josh Sitton
*LB Julius Peppers

Packers on Team Irvin
Packers coaching staff

* Selected as starter

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Bulaga, Peppers, Crosby selected as captains vs. Bears

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 26, 2015 – 4:30 pm


As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Today’s captains will be T Bryan Bulaga (offense), LB Julius Peppers (defense) and K Mason Crosby (special teams).

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Lang, Peppers and Banjo selected as captains vs. Bears

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 13, 2015 – 9:00 am


As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Tonight’s captains will be G T.J. Lang (offense), LB Julius Peppers (defense) and S Chris Banjo (special teams).

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Sunday’s Packers captains vs. Bears: Cobb, Peppers and Bush

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 9, 2014 – 3:30 pm


As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.  Today’s captains will be WR Randall Cobb (offense), LB Julius Peppers (defense) and CB Jarrett Bush (special teams).

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Rodgers, Peppers and Bush are Thursday’s captains vs. Seahawks

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 4, 2014 – 4:30 pm


As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.  Today’s captains will be QB Aaron Rodgers (offense), LB Julius Peppers (defense) and CB Jarrett Bush (special teams).

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Peppers at both outside linebacker positions in practice

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on May 29, 2014 – 12:43 pm

LB/DE Julius PeppersGREEN BAY–Julius Peppers worked at both the left and right outside linebackers positions in practice at Ray Nitschke Field on Thursday. Peppers, signed in free agency in March, wore No. 56 and began practice as Nick Perry’s apparent replacement at left outside linebacker.

Perry was present at practice but did not participate, nor did starting right outside linebacker Clay Matthews. Mike Neal was Matthews’ apparent replacement.

Practice was open to the public and fans enjoyed a warm and sunny day. They cheered nearly every catch, most enthusiastically a reception by rookie tight end Colt Lyerla.

Micah Hyde was at safety along with Morgan Burnett in the No. 1 defensive backfield. Bryan Bulaga, who missed all of last season due to a knee injury, lined up at right tackle and David Bakhtiari remained at left tackle. Bakhtiari replaced Bulaga at left tackle last season. JC Tretter, a fourth-round draft pick in 2013, was the center.

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Julius Peppers will wear No. 56 for Packers

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on April 14, 2014 – 9:42 am

Julius Peppers, Green Bay Packers

Julius Peppers, Green Bay PackersGREEN BAY–Julius Peppers will wear No. 56 with the Packers and is listed on the team’s official roster as a LB/DE. According to NFL rules, No. 56 may be worn by centers, linebackers and defensive linemen.

Previously, Peppers wore No. 90 for the Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears during his 12-year NFL career. Defensive lineman B.J. Raji has worn No. 90 for the Packers throughout his five years with the team.


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