We have some sad news to report.
According to a report Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald today, National Football League legend Don Shula passed away some time this morning, he was 90 years old.
The Miami Dolphins organization has since released a statement, no surprise given Shula's legendary status in Miami.
“Don Shula was the patriarch of the Miami Dolphins for 50 years. 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.”
Don Shula is widely regarded as the greatest coach in the history of Miami Dolphins having coached that team for a staggering 26 seasons, winning 2 Superbowl titles during that span including the legendary 1972 season in which he coach the Dolphins to a Superbowl Championship during an undefeated season, the only team to every accomplish the feat in the entire history of the National Football League. It is for this reason, as well as the 5 AFC Championship titles he claimed during his coaching years, that he is also regarded as one of the greatest coaches in the league's history as well.
Shula also coached the Baltimore Colts for those of you old enough to remember that team, coaching 33 total seasons in the NFL and only finishing 2 of those seasons with a losing record, another extremely impressive accomplishment in the long list of Don Shula's accomplishments. He also, somewhat unsurprisingly given his extensive coaching career, holds the record for most wins by an NFL head coach with 328 career wins, a record that will be very difficult to break.
Although Shula is best remembered for his incredible success as a head coach in the NFL he was also a player prior to taking on a role on the sidelines. He was drafted in 1951 in the ninth round of the NFL Entry Draft and would go on to play defensive back for the Browns, Colts and Redskins over the course of a 6 year career as a player.
Shula was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997 and is survived by his wife and their 5 children. Our thoughts go out to the Shula family at this difficult time.
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