An NFL Legend Is Dead at 90

Former Dolphins coach Don Shula has the league's only perfect season
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2020 9:55 AM CDT
An NFL Legend Is Dead at 90
In this January 1973 file photo, Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula celebrates his team's 14-7 Super Bowl victory over the Washington Redskins. Shula coached that year's team to a 17-0 record.   (AP Photo/File)

He coached the 1972 Miami Dolphins to a perfect 17-0 record, culminating with a Super Bowl win. No NFL coach before or since matched that feat by Don Shula. The 90-year-old died "peacefully at his home," the team announced Monday, reports TMZ. No cause of death was announced for the Hall of Famer. Shula played in the league himself in the 1950s, then went on to coach the Baltimore Colts and, more famously, the Miami Dolphins from 1970 to 1995. After its perfect season, Miami followed up with another Super Bowl win in the 1973 season.

"Don Shula was the patriarch of the Miami Dolphins for 50 years," says the team statement, per Fox News. "He brought the winning edge to our franchise and put the Dolphins and the city of Miami in the national sports scene." Shula finished his career with a record 347 victories (counting regular season and the playoffs), per Yahoo Sports. In 33 seasons as a coach, he had only two losing seasons. "That's an unbelievable stretch of consistency," writes Yahoo's Frank Schwab. (Read more Miami Dolphins stories.)

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