Winningest pro football coach, Don Shula, passes away

The only coach to construct a perfect season in NFL history at 17-0, Don Shula, passes away at 90 years old.



May 5, 2020 - 10:06 AM

Perfect 17-0 season. A smiling Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula carried off the field after his team won the Super Bowl with a 14-7 victory over the Washington Redskins during Super Bowl VII in Los Angeles. Photo by John Walther/Miami Herald/TNS

MIAMI (AP) — Measuring Don Shula by wins and losses, no NFL coach had a better year. Or career.

He looked the part, thanks to a jutting jaw and glare that would intimidate 150-pound sports writers and 300-pound linemen alike. He led the Miami Dolphins to the only perfect season in NFL history, set a league record with 347 victories and coached in six Super Bowls.

Near the end of his career, Shula’s biography in the Dolphins’ media guide began with a quote from former NFL coach Bum Phillips: “Don Shula can take his’n and beat you’n, and he could take you’n and beat his’n.”

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