Former Miami Dolphins head coach Don Shula has passed away at the age of 90.
Hall-of-Fame coach Don Shula, who won more games than any NFL coach, passed away this morning, the Dolphins announced. Shula was 90. pic.twitter.com/cnNttV9wNl
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 4, 2020
Shula, to this day, holds the record for most wins by a head coach. He was the coach of the infamous 1973 Dolphins team. That team still remains as the only undefeated team in NFL History.
In his 33 years of coaching, his first seven with the Baltimore Colts and 26 seasons on the Dolphins sideline, Sheila posted a coaching record of 328 wins, 156 losses, and six ties. That translates to a career winning percentage of .677.
Prior to coaching, Shula played defensive back for seven seasons in the NFL. He spent time in the Browns’, the Colts, and Redskins’ defensive backfield. He tallied 21 career interceptions.
Shula was a two-time Super Bowl-winning coach. Those championships, coming back to back in 1972 and 1973.
He won the Coach of the Year award four separate times. He was in the NFL for four decades.
He was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 1997.
The thought shared unanimously amongst his former players as well as opponents and anyone associated with the NFL is that Shula was the ultimate players’ coach.
Coach Shula – you will truly be missed! You embody the definition of “greatness.” You brought that winning attitude with you every day and made everyone around you better. (Part 1/2) pic.twitter.com/Ytoi5l7H4F
— Dan Marino (@DanMarino) May 4, 2020
We lost one of the most iconic men in the history of NFL coaching in Don Shula. His leadership and wisdom helped to guide me and many others who have made a life in coaching football. Thank you Coach Shula. May your spirit and legacy live on forever. RIP
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