Peppers sacking perceptions

Bears defensive end exposing myth that he takes downs off

Updated: October 8, 2010, 12:55 AM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Let's face it, players are rarely as good as their team's most ardent fans think, and seldom as bad as their former team's fans claim.

So while Julius Peppers might not be able to sustain the consistency he has brought in his first four games at defensive end for the Chicago Bears, he probably didn't deserve the rap he had with the Carolina Panthers.

The knock was a familiar one in football, often heard about athletically gifted athletes the first few times they ...

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