East Chicago native Kawann Short is in the third season of an impressive National Football League career, playing as a defensive end for the Carolina Panthers after excelling at that position in high school and college.
Short was born in East Chicago on Feb. 2, 1989. He played football and basketball at East Chicago Central, and as a member of the basketball team — along with current Chicago Bull E'Twaun Moore — won the 4A state championship in 2007.
In football, Short recorded 85 tackles, including nine sacks, two fumble recoveries and two blocked punts as a senior. He played in Indiana North-South All-Star Game.
Short was not heavily recruited, but was offered a scholarship by Purdue University, where he played from 2008 to 2012, red-shirting for the 2008 season.
While at Purdue, Short was named first-team All Big Ten in 2011 and 2012, and second-team All American in 2012.
Short was drafted in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. He played all 16 regular season games his rookie year, and played in the divisional playoff against San Francisco.
Midway through that year, he told The Times his goal for his career: "When I retire, I want to be remembered with guys like Warren Sapp and Vince Wilfork — big-name defensive players."
Short started his first playoff game after the 2014 season, against the Arizona Cardinals, and recorded his first playoff sack.
He played a strong role in Carolina's fast start to the 2015 season, earning the National Football Conference Defensive Player of the Month award for October.