We have some very sad NFL news to share as former Miami Dolphins and Hall-of-Fame head coach Don Shula has passed away Monday morning, as confirmed by one of his children via multiple reports. He was just 90 years old.
Shula, who coached the then-Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins throughout his career, currently holds the all-time wins record for head coaches in history. His overall total record was 347-173-6 (a .665 winning average).
Before he became a Hall-of-Fame head coach, Shula played as a defensive back for the Colts, Cleveland Browns, and Washington Redskins in the 1950s.
He also was the defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions from 1960-62, before getting hired by the Colts to be head coach in 1963.
Shula also coached the Dolphins in the league’s only perfect season as they went 17-0 and won Super Bowl VII over the Redskins in 1972. He also lead the team to win their second straight Super Bowl (VIII) in 1973.
Shula was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fane in 1997, just two years after he retired from coaching.
His other accomplishments include being named AP NFL Coach of the Year in 1964, 1967-68, and 1972, and an NFL Championship in 1968 (with then-Baltimore Colts).
Coach Shula is survived by his wife, Mary Anne, and his children, Donna, Sharon, Anne, and former NFL coach David and current Denver Broncos quarterbacks coach Mike.
He would leave a lasting legacy for not just the Miami Dolphins, but for all NFL lore.