Is Julius Peppers Married? His Wife, Girlfriend, Net Worth

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Is Julius Peppers Married? His Wife, Girlfriend, Net Worth
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Defensive end and linebacker, Julius Peppers is more than just a champion footballer. He’s a loving partner, a kind and caring dad, and an ideal son. However, although many might be aware of his life as an ex-athlete, many aren’t aware of what’s behind all the fame.

Most importantly, his love life is a mystery on its own; is Julius actually married to his long-term girlfriend, or is he only in a relationship with her? Also, what about his life before fame?

Well, in this article, you’ll get all the answers you’ve been looking for.

Julius Peppers Isn’t Married But Is In A Committed Relationship With His Girlfriend

Contrary to what many might believe, Peppers is in a long-term relationship with his girlfriend, Claudia Samedro. The couple has not been married yet.

Carolina Panthers' player, Julius Peppers is not married
Peppers and his long-term girlfriend, Sampedro – she is an Instagram model

Talking about their relationship, the love birds have been together for 9 years. Back in 2014, Julius and Claudia crossed paths for the first time. They attended a party and were introduced by a close and mutual friend. Furthermore, it did not take the pair long to start dating each other. Soon enough, they were madly in love!

Fast forward to 2 years later, the former NFL player introduced Sampedro as his partner to the whole world. In 2016, they made an appearance together in the E! reality TV show, WAGS Miami.

All About Julius Peppers’ Girlfriend, Claudia Sampedro

Born in Havana, Cuba, Claudia is a model, reality TV star, and social media personality. She is 34 years old as of 2024 and shares an age gap of 9 years with her partner.

Apart from her relationship, she is also best known for her striking resemblance to Kim Kardashian. This helped to kickstart her career as an Internet sensation as well. Additionally, it is also to be noted that both Sampedro and Kardashian have dated the same man in the past; she was formerly engaged to Riggie Bush.

Do Peppers and His Partner Sampedro Have Any Plans For Marriage In The Near Future?

As far as we know, the duo isn’t planning to marry anytime soon. Even more so, despite being together for such long years, they haven’t gotten engaged yet. Therefore, to hope that they’ll marry shortly seems like a bit of a stretch. Nevertheless, we can hope to see them tying the knot somewhere down the line.

He Was Previously In A Controversial Relationship With Lia Ames

Before Claudia, Julius was in a relationship with his former partner, Lia Ames. The former couple had a comparatively secret relationship; the exact details of their affair aren’t known to this day.

On the other hand, many sources have confirmed that the ex-Green Bay Packers player left his ex to date his current gf, Claudia. Back in the day, he had abruptly announced his break up with Ames. Soon enough, he was seen with the Kardashian look-alike.

What’s more, he left Lia while she was pregnant with his son. This, in turn, backfired the sportsman. She sued her ex-boyfriend in a Miami Circuit Court. In addition, she also sought a court order stating that the footballer was legally the father of their newly born kid.

Followed by a year of court battles, Peppers finally admitted that he was the dad. The former pair further agreed on custody and support. Based on the agreement, he pays $8,000 a month in child support.

Julius Peppers Is A Father To 4 Children

Julius and Claudia have a son of their own. Their baby boy, Amaresito Peppers was born on 21st September 2015.

Footballer, Peppers has 4 children in total
The linebacker with his beloved family

Besides, you’ll be surprised to know that the footballer also took in his girlfriend’s kids from previous relationships. Sampedro’s daughter, Keana Skye was born on 14th March 2008. Additionally, she has a son, Elijah Peppers, about a year older than Amaresito. Her kids are born from multiple relationships, and thus, the names of their fathers are unknown.

Unfortunately, Peppers’ son with his ex-girlfriend Lia Ames isn’t known well like his other children. The kid lives with his mother and is barely close to his dad.

Peppers Had A Troubled Childhood Because Of The Absence Of His Dad

Peppers is a native of North Carolina. He was born in Wilson and raised in Bailey. His parents, George Kearney and Bessie Brinkley welcomed him on 18th January 1980. Apparently, his dad and mom were only together for a year when he was born; his birth separated them too.

Julius Peppers grew up without his dad
The retired NFL player with his mother – she raised him all by herself

Moreover, George abandoned his partner and their baby boy too. After Julius’s birth, his dad did not want to build a relationship with him. And, by the time he was 7 years old, his father was almost “non-existent”.

Despite the hardships, his mother pushed through. She raised her boy as a single mom managing multiple jobs. The mother-son duo moved to Bailey as she separated from his dad. There, he graduated high school from the Southern Nash Senior High School. He later pursued a degree at the University of North Carolina.

He Grew Up With A Step-Brother

Bessie Brinkley had another son too. Her child, Stephone, was born as a result of her other relationship – the details aren’t known.

Julius Peppers’ Net Worth

The former Carolina Panthers player Julius stands tall with a huge net worth of $30 million. This is all thanks to his esteemed career in football. After all, he was on the field and a champion for 16 years.

With his current fortune, the multi-millionaire loves to buy and sell properties. In 2010, he bought an 8,000-square-foot, contemporary-style house in Highland Park. It originally cost him $1.8 million. He later sold the 5-bedroom property for $1.6 million.

On a similar note, the footballer also sold his grand mansion in Lake Norman. In November 2023, he received a whopping $10 million. According to the sources, it was the “region’s most expensive home” for sale.

Julius’s Long Career In Football Explained; What Is He Up To These Days?

Peppers began with a career as a high school and college athlete before entering the big leagues. While at school, he played for coach, Ray Davis, and was an asset to their team, the Firebirds. He helped the school win numerous championships and was named “Male Athlete of the Year” by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

Similarly, he played for his college team, Tar Heels for 4 years from 1988-2001. Subsequently, he also was a “walk-on” member of the men’s basketball team.

Peppers used to be a defensive end and line backer
Julius Peppers on the field as a defensive end for the Carolina Panthers

Following this, in 2002, he was drafted by the NFL. He thus began playing for his first NFL team, the Carolina Panthers. Over the years, he switched from one team to another. After leaving the Panthers in 2009, in 2010, he began with Chicago Bears. After 4 years, he became an asset to the Green Bay Packers. Interestingly, he left the team in 2016, and in 2017, began playing with the Panthers again until he retired a year later.

On 1st February 2019, Julius announced his retirement. This shocked millions of his followers. Consecutively, he began working as a special assistant of business operations with the Carolina Panthers. Moreover, recently, he and wide receiver, Muhsin Muhammad joined the Pathers’ Hall of Honor on 29th October 2023.

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