Shula, the legendary Hall of Fame NFL coach who led Miami to two super bowl wins and a perfect NFL season, has died. Shula was 90 years old. The Miami Dolphins confirmed Shula’s death saying Shula died “peacefully at his home”.
Shula was a pioneer in the NFL with a record 347 wins during his NFL coaching career and led the Miami Dolphins dynasty in the 70s to an undefeated season of 17-0 in 1972. The Dolphins won the Super Bowl against the Washington Redskins that season. Shula led the team to a second super bowl appearance the following year defeating the Minnesota Vikings 24-7.
Shula coached the Dolphins to five super bowls, including against the Redskins and the 49ers.
The Miami Dolphins said in a statement, “Don Shula was the patriarch of the Miami Dolphins for 50 years,” the statement said. “He brought the winning edge to our franchise and put the Dolphins and the city of Miami in the national sports scene. Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to Mary Anne along with his children Dave, Donna, Sharon, Anne and Mike.”
This morning, fellow coaches, athletes and those within the sports arena gave tribute to the late Shula including Patriots Head coach Bill Bellichick whom said “Coach Shula set the standard for the rest of us.”
Tom Garfinkel, President of the Miami Dolphins said in a statement, said in a statement, “Today is a sad day. Coach Shula was the rare man who exemplified true greatness in every aspect of his life. He will be so missed by so many but his legacy of character and excellence will endure. All my best to Mary Anne and the Shula family.”
Shula also played in the NFL. He was drafted in 1951 and played defensive back for the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Colts, and Washington Redskins. He led the Coltst to a super bowl.
Shula was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997 and had a coaching career that spanned 33 years.