Star Football Coach Don Shula Dies

With 33 years of coaching for the NFL, Shula left behind an astounding lecagcy and will be missed by the NFL and fans.

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With 33 years of coaching for the NFL, Shula left behind an astounding lecagcy and will be missed by the NFL and fans.

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On May 4, 2020, the sports world lost one of the greatest coaches in football. Don Shula passed away at the age of 90 years old. According to ESPN, the Miami Dolphins released a statement to the public stating “he died peacefully at his home.” 

Shula, a professional football player and coach, was best known for leading the 1972 Miami Dolphins to a Super Bowl victory. They went undefeated during the regular season and in the playoffs with a record of 17-0 that year. Shula is also the winningest coach in NFL history. In a 2007 interview, Shula stated “I was putting my legacy on the line with 16 wins and zero losses, it would’ve been a disaster if we lost the Super Bowl.” 

After winning the Super Bowl in 1972, he coached the Miami Dolphins the next season and ended that season with 14 wins and two losses. The Dolphins would go on to win the 1973 Super Bowl Championship game by defeating the Minnesota Vikings 24-7. In 1974, the Dolphins would once again come in first place during the regular season, but fell short in the AFC Championship game to the Oakland Raiders. 

Miami Heat President Pat Riley said “He was tough, courageous, and an authentic leader with great integrity in his pursuit of perfection, which he achieved!” 

Shula started his football career as a defensive back in 1951 with the Cleveland Browns. He also played for the Baltimore Colts and the Washington Redskins. For a short period of time, he was the defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions. He then went on to be the head coach for one of his former teams, the Baltimore Colts and then coached the Miami Dolphins. He coached the Baltimore Colts for 7 seasons and the Miami Dolphins for 26 seasons. 

Shula won two Super Bowl’s with the Dolphins and was a four time Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year. In 1993, Shula was named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year. He had 328 regular season coaching wins and 19 in the playoffs. Shula coached three quarterbacks: Johnny Unitas, Bob Griese, and Dan Marino, who all went on to go into the Hall of Fame. In 1997, Shula was inducted into the Hall of Fame. In 2019, Shula was revealed to be on the NFL’s 100th Anniversary All Time Team. 

His legacy shows that he will be missed by many people and had a very successful life.