The NFL lost one of its greatest icons on Monday, when the legendary Miami Dolphins head coach Don Shula. passed away at the age of 90, and was confirmed by one of his children.
Shula spent 33 consecutive years leading a team, starting with the Colts from 1963-69 and ending with the Dolphins from 1970-95. He won an NFL championship in Baltimore, taking that team to Super Bowl 3, and went on to win two Super Bowls in Miami, sandwiched by two AFC championships. He is also the only NFL coach to have an undefeated season which he accomplished in 1972.
Shula has both the most regular-season wins (328) and most total wins (347) than any coach in NFL history. Bears legend George Halas is next with 318 and 324. Patriots coach Bill Belichick has 273 and 304.
Shula posted a .677 winning percentage, which is incredible for that longevity. He had only two losing seasons, both with the Dolphins in 1976 (6-8) and 1988 (6-10) with his teams making the playoffs a whopping 18 times.
He was born on January 4, 1930 in Painesville, Ohio and passed away in Miami Beach, Florida, area where he had lived since taking the Dolphin job in 1970.
A great coach and a great loss to his family and the NFL.