Don Shula, an NFL Hall of Fame coach who won the Miami Dolphins in two Super Bowl titles, has died. He was 90 years old.
the Miami herald was the first to report the death of the coach, citing one of his children.
The Dolphins later confirmed his death in a separate statement.
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“Don Shula has been the patriarch of the Miami Dolphins for 50 years. It has brought the advantage to our franchise and has placed the Dolphins and the city of Miami on the national sports scene, “the team said in a statement. Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to Mary Anne with her children, Dave, Donna, Sharon, Anne and Mike. “
Shula was one of the greatest coaches in NFL history. They were known to have led the unbeaten Miami Dolphins to the Super Bowl in the 1972 season. The Dolphins are the only team in NFL history to complete an entire season without a loss.
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Shula began training with the Baltimore Colts in 1963 when he was only 33 years old. He coached the Colts from 1963 to 1969 before taking over the Dolphins in 1970. With the Colts, Shula was 71-23-4 and led the team to an NFL Championship in 1968.
He coached the Dolphins for 26 seasons, with his last season to come in 1995. He led the Dolphins to five AFC championships and two Super Bowl victories while coaching the Fish.
His team with Bob Griese and Larry Csonka became the only one to finish the undefeated regular season and win the Super Bowl. The New England Patriots would eventually be the second team to finish the undefeated regular season, but would eventually lose to the Super Bowl.
Of the 33 years spent as a head coach in the NFL, Shula has had only two lost seasons.
He ended his career as NFL quadruple coach of the year and holds the record for most wins ever won by a head coach with 328. Bill Belichick has the active record with 273 wins as a coach- head of the NFL.
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Before becoming a coach, Shula was back defensive in the NFL. He played the 1951 and 1952 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. He spent 1953 to 1956 with the Colts and then 1957 with the Washington Redskins. During his career, he has had 21 interceptions.
After her career, Shula started the Don Shula Foundation for Breast Cancer Research in memory of his wife Dorothy, who died of the disease.
He is survived by his current wife Mary Anne and his five children.