Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Paul "Shorty" Des Jardien

Paul "Shorty" Des Jardien


  • Position: Center
  • School: Chicago
  • High School: Chicago, IL (Wendell Phillips HS)
  • Years: 1912-1914
  • Inducted: 1955
  • Place of Birth: Coffeyville, KS
  • Date of Birth: Aug 24, 1893
  • Place of Death: Monrovia, CA
  • Date of Death: Mar 07, 1956
  • Height: 6-5
  • Weight: 190

Member Biography

He was 6-5, and skinny at 190 pounds and his teammates called him "Shorty". Paul Des Jardien was an athlete with natural gifts which helped him adapt to any sport. He was a member of the Chicago teams which had a 17-3-1 record through the 1912-14 seasons. In 1913, the Maroons finished 7-0, won the conference championship and boasted All- America honors for their center, Des Jardien. The lanky lineman had the highest respect for his coach, Amos Alonzo Stagg, though he often chuckled at Stagg's restrictions and training rules. Des Jardien remembered Stagg cautioning the players to "Watch your diets! Keep the hotdogs in the stands where they belong. I never ate one in my life." Paul was a four-sport letterman. Football and baseball were his best sports, and after graduation he spent one baseball season with the Cleveland Indians.