Don Shula

Donald Francis Shula ( born January 4, 1930 in Grand River, Ohio ) is a former football coach of the National Football League.

Life and career

After an NFL career as a player and a few engagements as assistant coach in college football Shula was coach of the Baltimore Colts in 1963 initially. The team was very successful under Shula and reached the end of the 1968/69 season the Super Bowl, the final game of the NFL. The game was lost to the New York Jets.

Shula moved in 1970 to the Miami Dolphins, with whom he won the Super Bowl twice. He also remained unbeaten with the team in 1972, a unique achievement in the history of the NFL. He remained until 1995 coach of the Miami Dolphins and ended there his coaching career after 33 seasons as an NFL coach.

Shula holds with 347 victories the coach of the NFL record. He was chosen by the magazine Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year 1993.

Today, Don Shula runs a steak house chain together with his son Dave (who is also a former NFL coach ).