With a total of 347 victories, Don Shula was truly the greatest coach of the league. His victories were truly made remarkable by his personal style and aura.
Roger Goodell the NFL Commissioner called Shula as the biggest contributor and greatest coach of their franchise. He further added that Shula has brought in exemplary positivity in the lives of many and he lived an unmatched football life. In the statement made by the team, Shula was highly acclaimed for bringing the victory to the franchise and for bringing the Miami’s and Dolphin’s names on the national sports card.
From the past 26 years, Shula has been happily married to Mary Anne. They were blessed with five kids, namely Donna, Dave, Anne, Sharon, and Mike. Following the footsteps of the father, Mike and Dave ventured into coaching and even worked as assistant coaches for the Dolphins.
Earlier Shula had spent many years as a player in the NFL playing for Baltimore Colts, Cleveland Browns, and Washington Redskins. He was even appointed as the head coach for Colts but he is most popularly known for the quarter-century for Dolphins.
He also won consecutive Super Bowls in the 1970s while he was coaching Miami during the time period from 1970 to 1995.
Shula knew how to live his life to the fullest. After football, he used to play golf. He even owned a gold club and a hotel. He was a true businessman and steak lover as he was the owner of a number of steakhouses named after him. His name sold and he was aware of it! He used to make charity appearances and was invited as a speaker at many places.
Truly we lost a gem! At his retirement, he wasnt happy as he didn’t want to leave coaching. He expressed his grief stating that when the ball will be kicked off and for the first time in the span of 43 years, he won’t be standing on the sidelines. This he would have missed the most and even we as his fans missed his stylish appearances. Do share your favorite memory of Don Shula with us in the comments section below.