The NFL mourns the legend of coach Don Shula
Don Shula, the most winning coach in NFL story, died Monday. He was 90 years old.
" Don Shula was the patriarch of the Miami dolphins for 50 years, the team said in a statement. He brought the winning edge to our franchise and put the Dolphins and the city of Miami on the national sports scene. Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to Mary Anne with her children Dave, Donna, Sharon, Anne and Mike.
Shula was included in the Professional football hall of fame in 1997 after more than four decades in the NFL, first as a player and then a coach.
Shula's dolphins won two Super Bowls and appeared in three others, including the iconic 1972 team that went undefeated.
Today is a sad day, said the president of the Dolphins Tom Garfinkel he said in a statement. Coach Shula was the rare man who exemplified true greatness in all aspects of his life. Many will miss him, but his legacy of character and excellence will endure. All the best to Mary Anne and the Shula family.
At 33, Shula was named head coach of the Baltimore Colts in 1963. It was the first of 33 seasons that he spent as a NFL head coach . Shula was hired by the Dolphins in 1970 and retired after the 1995 season with 328 career wins and 490 games trained.
Only Shula and George Halas have at least 300 wins in his career.
Selected in the ninth round by Cleveland in 1951, Shula played seven seasons as a defense with the Browns (1951-52), Colts (1953-56), and Washington Redskins (1957) He played in 73 games and collected 21 interceptions.