Hall of Fame head coach Don Shula died Monday at the age of 90, the Miami Dolphins announced.
Commissioner Roger Goodell praised Shula’s legacy and his contribution to football.
”Don Shula will always be remembered as one of the greatest coaches and contributors in the history of our game,” Goodell said in a statement. “He made an extraordinarily positive impact on so many lives. The winningest coach in NFL history and the only one to lead a team to a perfect season, Coach Shula lived an unparalleled football life. As a player, Hall of Fame coach, and longtime member and co-chair of the NFL Competition Committee, he was a remarkable teacher and mentor who for decades inspired excellence and exemplified integrity.”
Shula built a legendary coaching career during his 33-season stint on the sidelines. He coached the Baltimore Colts from 1963-69 before leading the Dolphins from 1970-95.
The four-time Coach of the Year is the NFL’s all-time wins leader with 347 (including playoffs). He also holds the records for most games coached (526) and most consecutive seasons coached (33).
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997, Shula won three titles as a coach. He coached the Colts during their 1968 NFL Championship run and led the Dolphins to back-to-back Super Bowl titles in 1972 and 1973. The 1972 Dolphins remain the only team in league history to post an undefeated campaign through the regular season and playoffs.
Shula also played as a defensive back from 1951-57 in stints with the Cleveland Browns, Colts, and Washington Redskins.
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