Once a week Peppers drives 25 miles to a Krispy Kreme in Raleigh and buys a dozen glazed doughnuts. He tries to take a different route sometimes, roads less traveled, maybe even get lost for a while. During these trips he occasionally reflects on another ride he used to make regularly. After high school football practices assistant coach Brian Foster would drive Peppers home, and as he turned into the dirt driveway, Foster would sometimes point out a group of old men drinking whiskey on the stoop of a house near Peppers's basketball goal. "Julius, you can be an All-America or you can be a nobody," Foster said each day. "What are you going to be?"