"It's a blessing," Short said. "I've just come out and worked. I appreciate the guys on either side of me and the coaching staff putting me in position."
Over the four months of the regular season, the Panthers had four players of the month. Short won on defense for October and December/January, cornerback
Short recorded five sacks in the past month at a position where sacks can be hard to come by. No other NFL defensive tackle had that many sacks in the past month, and his 11 sacks on the season equaled the most in the NFL among defensive tackles.
Short sacked Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan four times in the teams' two late-season meetings. In the first matchup, Short also forced two fumbles and recovered one.