July 10, 2023
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Former Carolina Panthers Julius Peppers and Muhsin Muhammad will be inducted into the Hall of Honor this season on October 29 (against the Houston Texans) at Bank of America Stadium.
“Muhsin Muhammad and Julius Peppers were drafted by the Panthers. Both became All-Pros here. Both came back to Carolina to finish their careers. This is another homecoming, a permanent one,” owner David Tepper said of the two franchise greats.
Peppers, a North Carolina native who played both football and basketball for the home state Tar Heels, was the No. 2 pick in the 2002 NFL Draft for the Panthers. He went on to become a nine-time pro bowler and currently ranks fourth in NFL history in sacks with 159.5. Peppers is also a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team in the 2000s and 2010s.
Julius Peppers is one of the greatest athletes in North Carolina history. The Wilson native who grew up in Bailey, was also a track and basketball star in high school. He once scored 21 points and 10 rebounds in an NCAA Tournament game for the Tar Heels. pic.twitter.com/QRQ05s5WqV
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Drafted in 1996 out Michigan St. University, wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad ranks second in receptions, yards, and touchdowns in Carolina Panthers history. He also holds the record for the longest reception in a Super Bowl (85 yards) in 2004, and was a two-time pro bowler and named to the NFL All-Pro First Team in 2004.
Peppers and Muhammad will join Sam Mills, Steve Smith Sr., Jordan Gross, Wesley Walls, Jake Delhomme, and former team president Mike McCormack in the Panthers Hall of Honor.