(Peep) Short’s gridiron career began with the Aliquippa Quips as a
star on both sides of the ball, winning All Section honors and
honorable mention All State as a wide receiver and second team All
State as a defensive back. He also played in the North-South
Football All Star Game. Dan then moved to the University of
Pittsburgh, where he was a two year starter and a three year
letterman at defensive back, winning the Ed Conway Memorial Award as
the most improved defensive player of 1982. With Pitt from 1980 to
1983), Dan played in the Gator, Fiesta, Sugar, and Cotton Bowls.
After graduation, Dan signed as a free agent with the New York
Giants in 1983 and was on the Pittsburgh Maulers’ squad in 1984. Dan
returned to his high school alma mater in 1989 to serve as the Quips
defensive coordinator and defensive back coach, and during his
tenure there the Quips won five WPIAL and two PIAA championships.
Several of the players Dan has coached include
Ty Law of the New
England Patriots, John Lay, Darell Revis, and Tommie Campbell. Dan
was inducted into the Aliquippa Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.