I was at the local convenience store (the Circle K on Graham and 10th for any Charlotteans reading this blog) earlier tonight picking up a six pack of beer and some munchies; upon driving in I noticed a Bentley parked right out in front, so immediately I figured “professional athlete” as you really don’t see too many Bentley’s around my neck of the woods (I do live in a decent neighborhood, but a Bentley at the Circle K? Come on…), though enough professional athletes live in Charlotte to afford one.
As I was getting out of my (piece of shit compared to a Bentley) car, a stunning woman hopped out of the passenger door and was heading inside…and I mean supermodel stunning. I had the pleasure of holding the door open for her, and once inside she asked the clerk where the cooler with the juice was. Did I mention how gorgeous this woman was?
Anyways, after procuring my beer and snacks and heading up to the checkout line, she started asking where a [specific brand] of orange juice was (I don’t remember the exact brand she inquired about), and the clerk said they don’t carry that brand. Supermodel exits right. I paid for my goods, walked outside, and noticed the driver side door was open and she was talking to the driver…lo and behold it was Julius Peppers at the wheel. Any football fan knows who Peppers is; a rare breed of athlete who can pretty much play any position (or any sport for that matter, just read his wiki) that the coach asks him to play. Defense, offense, special teams…wherever you put him on the line, he delivers. Tonight I guess he just wanted some damn orange juice.
It was so incredibly tough to fight off the urge to run over and ask for an autograph (or offer to do whatever it took to get him the brand of OJ he wanted), but I contained myself and proceeded to rubberneck for a couple of seconds…I mean come on, it’s Julius Peppers for christ’s sake! Too bad he’s injured (but will attempt to play in this week’s conference title game), and even worse he’s a free agent as of the end of the season, though the Panthers would be damn fools not to re-sign him at whatever salary he asks for. But wow, I saw Julius Peppers at the local convenience store tonight!
Did I mention his girlfriend was hot? His Bentley was un-f’ing-real as well. I’m sure some people are used to seeing stars on a regular basis, but not this lad :-).