The Panthers have a new sack king.
With two sacks Sunday against the Ravens, Julius Peppers became the Panthers' all-time sack leader, pushing his career total to 48.5, a half-sack ahead of long-time Panther Mike Rucker, who has 48.
After the game, Rucker didn't seem to mind.
"It's just great to see him blossoming and doing his thing," Rucker said. "Seeing him come in when he was a rookie and watching him develop, that's what this league is about. It's about players passing the torches. And you don't mind when you pass the torch on, especially when it's a good dude like Pep."
Rucker said after spending about one season with Peppers, he realized he wouldn't own the record for long.
"I mean, he's pushing out 10-plus (sacks) every year," Rucker said. "His first year he had 12 sacks. Just watching film of him in college, you knew he was a player. You know he's going to get the sacks.
"So you knew it was just going to be a matter of time. But especially now, at this point in his career, he's seen everything. It's like having an antennae TV when you first come in, and now you have HD. You see everything so clearly. You know what you can get away with and you know what you can do. And that's the point he's at in his career right now, where he can just see everything so clearly."
Peppers now has eight sacks through six weeks.