In one fell swoop the Green Bay Packers added a Hall of Fame personna and experience to their defensive line when they signed Julius Peppers.
Immediately after the signing was announced and that picture of Peppers standing on the Lambeau Field turf started circulating around the interweb, Bears fans reacted angrily and vociferously – and rightly so. They know what the guy brings to the table and to see the team part with him was most likely disappointing – but seeing him go to the Packers has to be even more crushing.
Not only did Chicago lose one of their best defensive players, but the dig Peppers provided about one of the deciding factors in his decision – going to a team with a great QB – had to raise the hair on the back of the neck of every Bears fan.
Here’s what Peppers had to say about going to a team with one of the best quarterbacks in the game:
The teams that have the good quarterbacks are the teams that win. That obviously factored into some of my decision making. I’m looking forward to playing with Aaron. As much as I disliked chasing him around, I’m excited to join him.”
So, despite all the rancor and bad-mouthing that occurred after Peppers signing with Green Bay and about his being all washed up, in my mind this signing ranks up there with that of Charles Woodson. Here’s a football player who has a Hall of Fame pedigree, has missed very few games is his long career and is starting all over in a new venue.
That should add up to at least a couple of more years and a chase for a championship.
Thanks, Ted Thompson for taking the leap of faith on this.
Peppers’ experience and pedigree could help take this Packers defense and team to the next level.