Panthers defensive end has a graduate degree in pulling your leg
DEC 09, 2013 11:45p ET
Apparently, the Panthers have a defensive end named "Kraken" who studied wizardry in college.
We're not sure if Hardy's naming Hogwarts as his alma mater has any significance, but his "Kraken" nickname is actually a longstanding tradition, according to the Charlotte Observer, as are the similar monikers he has bestowed upon his fellow defensive linemen.
"Hardy has long called himself the 'Kraken,'" the Observer's Scott Fowler wrote in a preseason article, "but has added names for Charles 'The Loch Ness Monster' Johnson, Kawaan 'Minotaur' Short, Star 'Hydra' Lotulelei and Dwan 'Phoenix' Edwards (because Edwards keeps 'rising' out of the ashes to resurrect his NFL career, Hardy said)."
Check out a 30-second loop of Hardy's personalized introduction below.