Don Shula, the NFL’s winningest coach who led the Miami Dolphins to the league’s solely undefeated season, died on Monday. He was 90.
The Dolphins issued a press release saying that Shula died “peacefully at his house.”
“Don Shula was the patriarch of the Miami Dolphins for 50 years,” the assertion stated. “He introduced the profitable edge to our franchise and put the Dolphins and the town of Miami within the nationwide sports activities scene. Our deepest ideas and prayers exit to Mary Anne alongside together with his kids Dave, Donna, Sharon, Anne and Mike.”
Shula received an NFL-record 347 video games, together with together with playoff video games. He coached the Dolphins (17-0) to the league’s solely undefeated season in 1972, culminating in a 14-7 victory over the Washington Redskins in Tremendous Bowl VII.
The Dolphins repeated as champions the subsequent season, beating the Minnesota Vikings 24-7 in Tremendous Bowl VIII, the third straight title recreation Miami had performed in; the Dolphins misplaced 24-Three to the Dallas Cowboys in Tremendous Bowl VI.
In all, Shula guided the Dolphins to 5 Tremendous Bowls, together with losses to the Redskins (27-17 in Tremendous Bowl XVII) and San Francisco 49ers (38-16 in Tremendous Bowl XIX).
“In the present day is a tragic day,” Dolphins president Tom Garfinkel stated in a press release. “Coach Shula was the uncommon man who exemplified true greatness in each side of his life. He will likely be so missed by so many however his legacy of character and excellence will endure. All my greatest to Mary Anne and the Shula household.”
Earlier than coming to Miami, Shula coached the Baltimore Colts, who made him the then-youngest NFL coach after they employed him at age 33. He led the Colts to Tremendous Bowl III, the primary title recreation to formally have “Tremendous Bowl” in its title. Baltimore misplaced 16-7 to quarterback Joe Namath and the New York Jets, who turned the primary AFL group to win a Tremendous Bowl.
By the point he resigned as Dolphins coach after the 1995 season, Shula had been an NFL head coach for 33 seasons, 26 with Miami. Solely two of his Dolphins groups completed beneath .500 throughout these 26 seasons. He completed with an total teaching report of 347-173-6 (73-26-Four with Baltimore).
Shula was inducted into the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame in 1997. He and George Halas are the one coaches in NFL historical past to win greater than 300 video games.
Shula additionally performed seven seasons as a defensive again within the NFL after being drafted by the Cleveland Browns within the ninth spherical (110th total) of the 1951 draft after taking part in collegiately at John Carroll College in Cleveland. He had 21 profession interceptions in seven NFL seasons for Cleveland (1951-52), Baltimore (1953-56) and Washington (1957).
Each of Shula’s sons adopted him into the NFL teaching ranks. Mike Shula is the quarterbacks coach for the Denver Broncos and David Shula was the Cincinnati Bengals’ head coach from 1992 to 1996. He additionally performed one season with Baltimore (1981).