Don Shula Biography – Don Shula Wiki
Don Shula born Donald Francis Shula was an American football coach and player. He is the winningest coach in National Football League (NFL) history, earning 328 regular-season victories in 33 years with the Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Colts.
Shula began his coaching career with the Baltimore Colts in 1963. He coached the Colts from 1963 to 1969. With the Colts, Shula was 71-23-4 and led the team to an NFL Championship in 1968. He took over the Dolphins in 1970. He coached the Dolphins for 26 seasons. During the 1972 season, the Dolphins became the only team in NFL history to finish an entire season undefeated and win the Super Bowl. He led the Dolphins to five AFC Championships and two Super Bowl victories. He retired in 1995 and finished his career as a four-time NFL Coach of the Year.
Prior to coaching, Shula was a defensive back in the NFL. He played for the Cleveland Browns in the 1951 and 1952 seasons. From 1953 to 1956 with the Colts and in 1957 with the Washington Redskins. During his playing career, he had 21 interceptions.
In 1991, Shula founded the Don Shula Foundation for Breast Cancer Research in memory of his first wife Dorothy Bartish who died of breast cancer on February 25, 1991.
Don Shula Age
Don Shula was born on January 4, 1930, in Grand River, Ohio, United States. He died on May 4, 2020, in Miami Lakes, Florida. He was 90 years old.
Don Shula Wife
Don Shula was married twice. He married his first wife Dorothy Bartish on July 19, 1958. The couple had five children. Dorothy died of breast cancer on February 25, 1991. He married his second wife Mary Anne Stephens on October 16, 1993.
Don Shula Children
Don Shula had five children with his first wife Dorothy Bartish – Dave Shula, Donna Shula, Sharon Shula, Anne Shula, and Mike Shula.
Don Shula Death
Don Shula died on May 4, 2020, at the age of 90. The Dolphins confirmed his death in a statement: “Don Shula was the patriarch of the Miami Dolphins for 50 years. He brought the winning edge to our franchise and put the Dolphins and the 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, Anne and Mike.”
The Miami Dolphins are saddened to announce that Head Coach Don Shula passed away peacefully at his home this morning. pic.twitter.com/MKAtXFA4zd
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) May 4, 2020
Dolphins president Tom Garfinkel said in a statement: “Today is a sad day. Coach Shula was the rare man who exemplified true greatness in every aspect of his life. He will be so missed by so many but his legacy of character and excellence will endure. All my best to Mary Anne and the Shula family.”
Hall of Fame president and CEO David Baker said in a statement: “The entire Pro Football Hall of Fame family mourns the passing of Coach Shula. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Mary Anne and their entire family. The Hall of Fame flag will fly at half staff and we will forever keep his legacy alive to serve as inspiration to future generations.”
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement: “Don Shula will always be remembered as one of the greatest coaches and contributors in the history of our game. 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 long-time member and co-chair of the NFL Competition Committee, he was a remarkable teacher and mentor who for decades inspired excellence and exemplified integrity.”
Don Shula Cause of Death
Don Shula’s cause of death was not revealed.
Don Shula Net Worth
Don Shula’s net worth was estimated to be $30 million.
Don Shula Height
Don Shula was 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall.