CHARLOTTE – A company connected to Kawann Short bought a home in the Piper Glen neighborhood four months after the NFL star signed a reported five-year $80 million contract extension with the Carolina Panthers.
4918 Ivy Street LLC bought the home Aug. 18 for $1.1 million, according to county real estate records. Short registered the company in 2016.
The 8,200-square-foot house comes with six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a stone fire pit, in-ground pool and basketball court.
The home is a far cry from where Short grew up in East Chicago. Short told Havoline Football Saturdays he had to watch his back heading to the neighborhood basketball court.
Short played basketball and football in high school, but he wound up becoming an All American defensive tackle at Perdue University. The Carolina Panthers picked Short in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Short not only has tallied 55 tackles for each of the last two seasons, but he also deflected three passes and sacked quarterbacks six times in 2016.
Short probably gave San Diego Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers the most nightmares last season after sacking him twice and stripping the ball from him in a 28-16 win Dec. 11, 2016.
The Panthers designated Short with its franchise tag in February and offered him the contract extension in April.
Short and the Panthers start the 2017 season Sept. 10 in San Francisco against the 49ers.