It may not make Bears defensive end Julius Peppers feel any younger, but Peppers was the football ideal of at least one member of the Denver Broncos defensive line in this Super Bowl.
Malik Jackson, a fifth-round draft choice of the Broncos in 2012, had a moment of awe in the 2012 preseason when Denver opened in none other than Chicago. Even though Peppers didn’t play in the 31-3 Denver blowout (neither did Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, Brian Urlacher and others), the moment still had some magic for Jackson.
“Growing up, my favorite pass rusher was Julius Peppers. He just was a beast. It was pretty cool my rookie year when I got to see him, when we played Chicago and I sat on the other side of field and was like, ‘Oh, Wow. Okay. It’s him.’
“But he was pretty much the only one I really liked, him and [former New York Giants DE] Michael Strahan, because they were great pass rushers. I just try to take little bits and pieces as far as what they did, because I can’t do everything that they can do. You just try to learn and see what you can put in your repertoire and that’s what I try to do. Still have a long ways to go.”