Former Miami Dolphins Head Coach Don Shula Dies at 90
The Miami Dolphins announced Monday that former head coach Don Shula died Monday morning at the age of 90.
One of his children confirmed the news to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
The Miami Dolphins are saddened to announce that Head Coach Don Shula passed away peacefully at his home this morning. pic.twitter.com/MKAtXFA4zd— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) May 4, 2020
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a statement about the passing of Don Shula
Sad day for the NFL and sports pic.twitter.com/tu4Oy5ikEG— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) May 4, 2020
Shula is the winningest coach in NFL history, earning 328 regular-season victories in 33 years with the Dolphins and Baltimore Colts.
Shula began his time in the NFL with a seven-season playing career as a defensive back, including the inaugural Colts season in 1953. Just six years after retiring in 1957, he was a 33-year-old head coach in the NFL for Baltimore in 1963.
His 7 seasons Head Coaching career with the Colts resulted with three NFL Coach of the Year awards and a trip to Super Bowl 3 in which they would lose to the Jets 16-7
He joined the Dolphins in 1970 and quickly turned that franchise into a winner, winning back-to-back Super Bowl titles in the 1972 and 1973 seasons. The 1972 team finished 14-0 and remains the only undefeated champion in NFL history.
His career with Miami spanned 26 seasons and featured only two losing records, and he made the playoffs more than any other coach, appearing in 19 different postseasons.
Shula finished his coaching career in 1995, ranking second to only George Halas with 490 games coached, and his prowess on the sidelines helped him earn induction into the Football Hall of Fame in 1997.
CBS Miami reports Shula leaves behind his wife, Mary Anne, and five children; Dave, Donna, Sharon, Anne and Mike. Shula’s children were from an earlier marriage to his first wife, Dorothy, who died of breast cancer in 1991.