On Monday morning, the Dolphins announced that Don Shula, 90, died at his home.
Shula was an iconic NFL figure who became the winningest head coach in league history, surpassing George Halas, in 1993. In 33 years with the Colts and Dolphins, Shula won two Super Bowls, 16 division titles, and 347 games. He played defensive back for the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Colts and Washington Redskins for six years before going into coaching.
Shula was also the coach of the 1972 Dolphins, the only team in NFL history to finish a season unbeaten (17-0).
"Don Shula was the patriarch of the Miami Dolphins for 50 years," the Dolphins said in a statement. "He brought the winning edge to our franchise and put the Dolphins and City of Miami in the national sports scene. Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to Mary Anne along with his children Dave, Donna, Sharon, Ann, and Mike."
From a local angle, Shula's Dolphins were the only team that beat the 1985 Bears squad that would go on to win a title, and his son Mike was the Bears' tight ends coach from 1993 to 1995.
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