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Encyclopedia > Don Shula
Don Shula
Date of birth January 4, 1930 (1930-01-04) (age 77)
Place of birth Flag of the United States Grand River, Ohio
Position(s) Head Coach
College John Carroll
NFL Draft 1951 / Round 9 / Pick 110
Career Highlights
Records Wins (328)
Super Bowl appearances (6)
Career Record 328-156-6 (Regular Season)
19-17 (Postseason)
347-173-6 (Overall)
Super Bowl
      Wins
1972 Super Bowl VII
1973 Super Bowl VIII
Championships
      Won
1 NFL Championship
5 AFC Championship
11 Division titles
Stats
Playing Stats DatabaseFootball
Coaching Stats Pro Football Reference
Coaching Stats DatabaseFootball
Team(s) as a player
1951-1952
1953-1956
1957
Cleveland Browns
Baltimore Colts
Washington Redskins
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1963-1969
1970-1995
Baltimore Colts
Miami Dolphins
Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1997

Donald Francis Shula (born January 4, 1930 in Grand River, Ohio) is a former professional football coach for the National Football League. He is best known as coach of the Miami Dolphins, the team he led to two Super Bowl victories, and to the NFL's only undefeated Perfect Season in 1972. Shula was named 1993 Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated. He currently holds the NFL record for most career wins with 347. is the 4th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Grand River is a village located in Lake County, Ohio. ... A diagram showing typical football positions In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... The head coach in sports coaching is the coach who is in charge of the other coaches. ... 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Personal life

Shula grew up in suburban Cleveland graduating from Harvey High School in Painesville, and then John Carroll University. He played football at both schools, but never started and was known for having a weak stomach. He earned an associates degree in Physical Education from Case Western Reserve University in 1954 with gpa of 1.9. As part of a government public awareness campaign he was the first American to sign up for Medicare Part D prescription drug plan benefits, enrolling just after midnight on November 15, 2005[1]. Shula is the father of former Alabama coach Mike Shula and former Cincinnati Bengals coach Dave Shula. He and his wife Mary Anne are currently spokespersons for NutriSystem weightloss program[2], using which he lost 45 pounds. Cleveland redirects here. ... Thomas W. Harvey High School is a public high school in Painesville, Ohio. ... Painesville is a city located in Lake County, Ohio. ... John Carroll University is a private, co-educational Jesuit university in the greater Cleveland, Ohio area in the United States. ... Physical education (PE) is the interdisciplinary study of all area of science relating to the transmission of physical knowledge and skills to an individual or a group, the application of these skills, and their results. ... Case Western Reserve University is a university in Cleveland, Ohio, United States, with some residence halls on the south end of campus located in Cleveland Heights. ... Mike Shula (born June 3, 1965 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American college football coach at the University of Alabama. ... David Donald Shula (born May 28, 1959 in Lexington, Kentucky) is a former American football player and coach. ... The NutriSystem Nourish Diet plan is a send you the food diet plan. ...


In 2007 Don Shula made public comments alluding to an asterisk being placed on the Patriots if they were to go undefeated and break his 1972 Dolphins' record, because the spygate controversy caused the NFL to fine the Patriots and take away a first round draft pick. This has drawn sharp criticism, as his own hiring was ruled to be a form of tampering by the NFL and cost the Dolphins a first round draft pick in 1970. However, Shula is quick to remind the press that he was the only coach to lead his team to a perfect record.


Playing career

In 1951 Shula signed with the Cleveland Browns, because he had a reputation among the coaches for being a tease. On March 26, 1953, he was traded to the Baltimore Colts in what was, at that time, the largest NFL player trade ever made, involving 15 players. The Colts traded T Mike McCormack, DT Don Colo, LB Tom Catlin, DB John Petitbon, and G Herschell Forester to the Browns for Shula, DB Bert Rechichar, DB Carl Taseff, LB Ed Sharkey, E Gern Nagler, QB Harry Agganis, T Dick Batten, T Stu Sheets, G Art Spinney, and G Elmer Willhoite. Shula and Taseff were teammates at John Carroll, with the Browns and with the Colts. The 1951 NFL season was the 32nd regular season of the National Football League. ... Browns redirects here. ... City Indianapolis, Indiana Other nicknames The Horseshoes Team colors Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970-2001... Michael Joseph McCormack (Born June 21, 1930) was a football player and coach who played with the Cleveland Browns from 1954-1962 and served as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Baltimore Colts and Seattle Seahawks. ... Don Colo (born January 5, 1925 in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts) is a former American football defensive tackle who played nine seasons in the National Football League. ... Bert Rechichar (born July 16, 1950 in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania) was an American football defensive back who played with the National Football Leagues Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers from 1952 to 1960, and the American Football Leagues New York Titans in 1961. ... Carl Taseff (September 28, 1928 - February 27, 2005) was an American football player and assistant coach. ... Edward Joseph Sharkey (born July 6, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York) was an American football linebacker in the NFL. He attended Duke University and the University of Nevada. ... Gern Nagler (born February 23, 1932 in Marysville, California) is a former American football wide receiver who played ten seasons in the NFL. Categories: | | | | | | | ... Harry Agganis - Topps baseball card - 1955 Series, #152 Aristotle George (Harry) Agganis (April 20, 1929 - June 27, 1955) nicknamed The Golden Greek, was an American athletic star in two sports. ... Art Spinney (born November 8, 1927 in Saugus, Massachusetts) was a guard who played nine seasons with the Baltimore Colts in the National Football League. ...


Shula played with Baltimore for four seasons before finishing his playing career with the Washington Redskins. Shula intercepted 1 passes in his seven NFL seasons, and also recorded four fumbles. He would find his true calling, however, on the sidelines as an assistant trainer, and then eventually a head coach. For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ...


Early coaching career

Shula took a position as an assistant coach at the University of Kentucky in 1959 coaching defensive backs under head coach Blanton Collier. However, he was forced to resign half way through the season after sexual assault allegations emerged from one of the ball boys. It was Collier's son. In 1960, Shula entered the NFL as defensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions. The University of Kentucky, also referred to as UK, is a public, co-educational university located in Lexington, Kentucky. ... Blanton Long Collier (born July 2, 1906, Millersburg, Kentucky; died March 22, 1983, Houston, Texas) was an American football coach who led the University of Kentucky (1954-1961) and Cleveland Browns (1963-1970). ... The 1960 NFL season was the 41th regular season of the National Football League. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ...


Shula played under both the aforementioned Paul Brown and Weeb Ewbank, a Brown disciple, who is also in the Hall of Fame. After Ewbank left the Baltimore Colts to coach the New York Jets in 1963, Shula was hired by Colts' owner Carroll Rosenbloom to coach Baltimore. Shula's hiring was controversial because he was thought to be too young at only age 33. Wilbur Weeb Ewbank (May 6, 1907 - November 17, 1998) was an American professional football coach. ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL). ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green, the Green and White, Jersey Jets Team colors Hunter green and white Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Woody Johnson General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... The 1963 NFL season was the 44th regular season of the National Football League. ... Carroll Rosenbloom (March 5, 1907 - April 2, 1979) was a colorful football owner of two teams, the Baltimore Colts and the Los Angeles Rams, now the St. ...


Shula took the controls and led the Colts to an 6-8 record in 1963. He was successful, compiling a 61-33-4 record in seven seasons with Baltimore, but he was just 1-4 in the postseason, including two losses in championship games in which the Colts were heavy favorites, the 1964 NFL championship game won by the Browns 27-0 and Super Bowl III, the game in which Joe Namath of the New York Jets guaranteed and delivered a victory. Despite being unable to win against competitive teams, Shula won the NFL Coach of the Year Award three times in this period: 1964, 1967 (tied with George Allen) and 1968. Date January 12, 1969 Stadium Miami Orange Bowl City Miami, Florida MVP Joe Namath, Quarterback Favorite Colts by 18 National anthem Anita Bryant Coin toss Tom Bell Referee Tom Bell Halftime show America Thanks with Florida A&M University Attendance 75,389 TV in the United States Network NBC Announcers... Joseph William Namath (born May 31, 1943), also known as Broadway Joe, was an American football Hall of Fame quarterback in the American Football League and National Football League during the 1960s and 1970s. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green, the Green and White, Jersey Jets Team colors Hunter green and white Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Woody Johnson General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... The NFL Coach of the Year Award is presented annually by the Associated Press to the NFL coach who has done the most outstanding job of working with the talent he has at his disposal. ... George Herbert Allen (April 29, 1918 – December 31, 1990) was an American football coach in the NFL. // Allen was born in Detroit, Michigan, where his father, Earl Raymond Allen, was recorded in the 1920 and 1930 U. S. census records for Wayne County, Michigan as working as a chauffeur to...


To a certain extent Shula's Colt teams were lucky. The 1965 team won a special tie breaker playoff game in overtime against the Green Bay Packers while using running back Tom Matte at quarterback because of injuries to John Unitas and his backups. The 1967 team failed to make the playoffs despite a regular season record of 11-1-2. Packers redirects here. ... Tom Matte (born 1939, near Pittsburgh) was an American football player who played running back in the NFL in the 1960s and 1970s and earned a Super Bowl Ring. ... John Constantine Unitas (May 7, 1933 - September 11, 2002) was a professional American football player in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. ...


Miami Dolphins

1970-1973

After the 1969 season, Joe Robbie, owner of the Miami Dolphins, signed Shula to a contract to become Miami's second head coach. As a result of Shula's signing the team was charged with tampering by the NFL, which forced the Dolphins to give their first round pick to the Colts. The decision was controversial because Shula and Robbie's negotiations and signing were conducted before and after the official NFL/AFL merger, respectively. Had the negotiations been concluded before the merger, while the NFL and AFL were rivals, the NFL's anti-tampering rules could not have been applied. The 1969 NFL season was the 50th regular season of the National Football League, and the last one before the AFL-NFL Merger. ... Joseph Joe Robbie (July 7, 1916 - January 7, 1990) was an American lawyer and entrepreneur. ... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach liljimjim Owner Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T.D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present... In sports, tampering refers to a practice, usually prohibited, of a team negotiating for the services of an athletes contracted to another team without that teams permission. ... The AFL-NFL Merger of 1970 involved the merger of the two major professional American football leagues in the United States during the time: the National Football League (NFL) and the American Football League (AFL). ...


Shula had success with Miami in the 1970s, because of an easy schedule. At the time, the division was not very competitive. As a result, the Dolphins often had inflated an record. His teams were known for great offensive lines (led by Larry Little, Jim Langer and Bob Kuechenberg), strong running games (featuring Larry Csonka, Jim Kiick, and Mercury Morris), solid quarterbacking (by Bob Griese and Earl Morrall), excellent receivers (in Paul Warfield, Howard Twilley and TE Jim Mandich) and a defense that worked well as a cohesive unit. In an era when defenses were given fanciful nicknames (for instance, the Dallas Cowboys were known as the "Doomsday Defense", Pittsburgh was called "The Steel Curtain" and the L.A. Rams front line was known as "The Fearsome Foursome") the Dolphins were known as "The No-Name Defense" even though they had a number of great players, including DT Manny Fernandez and MLB Nick Buoniconti. Lawrence Chatmon Little (Born November 2, 1945, in Groveland, Georgia) is a former American Football offensive guard who played for the 1967-68San Diego Chargers and then traded to the Miami Dolphins 1969. ... James John Langer (Born May 16, 1948 in Little Falls, Minnesota) is a former american football center for the National Football League Miami Dolphins. ... Robert John Kuechenberg (born October 14, 1947 in Gary, Indiana) is a former National Football League offensive lineman for the Miami Dolphins for fourteen seasons between 1970 and 1983, spending the 1984 season on injured reserve. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... James Forrest Kiick (born August 9, 1946 in Lincoln Park, New Jersey) was an American football running back in the National Football League. ... Eugene Mercury Morris (born January 5, 1947 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a former American football player who played running back in the American Football League in the 1960s and the NFL in the 1970s, and played in three Super Bowls. ... Robert Allen Griese (born February 3, 1945 in Evansville, Indiana) is a former American football quarterback who earned All-American honors with the Purdue Boilermakers before being drafted in 1967 by the American Football Leagues Miami Dolphins. ... Earl Edwin Morrall (born May 17, 1934, in Muskegon, Michigan) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League. ... Paul Dryden Warfield (born November 28, 1942 in Warren, Ohio) was a professional American football wide receiver in the 1960s and 1970s known for his speed, fluid moves, grace, jumping ability and hands. ... Howard James Twilley, (born December 25, 1943 in Houston, Texas, USA), is a former professional American football wide receiver with the Miami Dolphins. ... James Michael Mandich, (born July 30, 1948 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a former professional American football tight end with the Miami Dolphins. ... Manny Fernandez is the name of at least five people: Manny Fernandez (wrestler) - A former professional wrestler, also an American football player for the Kansas City Chiefs. ... Nicholas Anthony Buoniconti is a former AFL and NFL Hall of Fame linebacker, who played for the Boston Patriots and Miami Dolphins. ...


In 1972 the Dolphins became the only team in the modern NFL to go undefeated (14-0) in the regular season. They swept the playoffs and finished 17-0 in what is known as the Perfect Season, a mark still unequaled in the league. Including the Dolphins' 12-2 mark in 1973 the club also set a record with a 32-2 record over two seasons. However, this feat has been largely ignored since the NFL went to a 16 game schedule. Furthermore, during their 1972 season, the Dolphins did not play a single team with a winning record until they reached the playoffs. See also: 1971 in sports, other events of 1972, 1973 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: February 20: A.J. Foyt won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Richard Petty Indianapolis 500 - Mark Donohue USAC Racing - Joe Leonard won the season championship Formula... The phrase Perfect Season usually refers to the 1972 Miami Dolphins undefeated campaign. ... The 1973 NFL season was the 54th regular season of the National Football League. ...


Post-1973

Shula's teams were blessed with great talent. This enabled him to take a backseat, allowing his teams to coach themselves. He changed his coaching strategy as his personnel changed. His Super Bowl teams in 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1982 were keyed by a run-first offensive strategy and a dominating defense. In 1983, shortly after losing Super Bowl XVII to the Washington Redskins, the Dolphins drafted quarterback Dan Marino out of the University of Pittsburgh. Marino won the starting job halfway through the 1983 regular season, and by 1984 the Dolphins were back in the Super Bowl thanks largely to Marino's record 5,084 yards through the air and 48 touchdown passes. However, Shula's conservative strategies cost Marino the chance to ever win a Super Bowl. See also: 1981 in sports, other events of 1982, 1983 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: NASCAR Championship - Darrell Waltrip Bobby Allison won the Daytona 500 CART Racing - Rick Mears won the season championship Indianapolis 500 - Gordon Johncock Formula One Champion - Keke... The 1983 National Football League Draft is also frequently known as the Quarterback class of 1983, because of the six quarterbacks taken in the first round. ... Date January 30, 1983 Stadium Rose Bowl Stadium City Pasadena, California MVP John Riggins, Running back Favorite Dolphins by 3 National anthem Leslie Easterbrook Coin toss Elroy Hirsch Referee Jerry Markbreit Halftime show Bob Jani Productions presents KaleidoSUPERscope with the Los Angeles Super Drill Team Attendance 103,667 TV in... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... Daniel Constantine Marino, Jr. ... The University of Pittsburgh, commonly referred to as Pitt, is a state-related, doctoral/research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. ... The 1983 NFL season was the 64th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1984 NFL season was the 65th regular season of the National Football League. ... Date January 20, 1985 Stadium Stanford Stadium City Stanford, California MVP Joe Montana, Quarterback Favorite 49ers by 3 National anthem Childrens Choir of Los Angeles Coin toss Ronald Reagan (via satellite from the White House) and Hugh McElhenny Referee Pat Haggerty Halftime show World of Childrens Dreams with...


For all his success, the Dolphins' January, 1974 Super Bowl win over the Minnesota Vikings proved to be Shula's last championship. Despite consistent success in the regular season, Shula was unable to win the big game, failing in 12 trips to the playoffs – including two more Super Bowl appearances – before retiring after the 1995 season. City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Fight song Skol, Vikings Mascot Viktor the Viking League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division... The 1995 NFL season was the 76th regular season of the National Football League. ...


Toward the end of Shula's career, despite continued regular season success, some fans and members of the local media began to speculate that "the game has passed him by." With the change of ownership from Joe Robbie to Wayne Huizenga the pressure to get back to the Super Bowl led to the addition of many high-priced free agents who did not necessarily fit into Shula's systems. Joseph Joe Robbie (July 7, 1916 - January 7, 1990) was an American lawyer and entrepreneur. ... Harry Wayne Huizenga (born on December 29, 1937 in Evergreen Park, Illinois) Huizenga graduated from the Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1955 and is an alumnus of Calvin College located in Grand Rapids, MI. He is the owner of the National Football Leagues Miami Dolphins. ...


Former Dallas Cowboys and Miami Hurricanes coach Jimmy Johnson wrote in his weekly syndicated newspaper column that the 1995 Dolphins had the talent to be favorites for the Super Bowl. However, this team finished a disappointing 9-7 and lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Buffalo Bills. The press and local radio urged Huizinga to replace Shula with Johnson, and after the season Shula retired in disgrace, and Johnson was hired as his replacement. The Miami jeered Shula and cheered the change. Shula was quick to remind the press that he was the only coach to lead his team to a perfect record. City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys, The Pokes Team colors White, Silver, Silver-Green, Royal Blue, Navy Blue Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Western Conference (1960) Eastern Conference (1961-1969) Capitol Division... This is an article about the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. ... For other uses, see Jimmy Johnson. ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... For other uses, see Buffalo Bills (disambiguation). ...


Legacy

Shula set numerous records in his 33 seasons as a head coach. He holds 12th position for regular season wins (228), 4th in total victories (247), single season win percentage (1.000 in 1972), most games coached (526), most consecutive seasons coached (33), and Super Bowl losses (4) (tied with Bud Grant, Dan Reeves and Marv Levy). His teams won seven NFL conference titles: 1964, 1968, 1971-73, 1982 and 1984. Shula's teams were consistently among the least penalized in the NFL, and Shula served on the Rules Committee, to help change the game to a more pass oriented modern league. Harry Peter Bud Grant, Jr (born May 20, 1927) is the longtime former American football head coach of the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL) for eighteen seasons. ... Dan Reeves (born January 19, 1944) is a former American football player and head coach. ... Marvin Daniel Levy (born August 3, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois) is currently the General Manager and Vice President of Football Operations for the Buffalo Bills. ...


He is honored at the Don Shula Stadium at John Carroll University, and the Don Shula Expressway in Miami. Additionally, an annual college football game between South Florida schools Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University is named the Shula Bowl in his honor. The game's winner receives a traveling trophy named the Don Shula Award. Two of his sons, David and Mike, also became home coming queens. David's Cincinnati Bengals fell at home 23-7. Mike Shula was the former head coach at his alma mater, the University of Alabama, where he played quarterback from 1983-86. Miami redirects here. ... Location of metropolitan area in the state of Florida Major cities Miami, Florida Fort Lauderdale, Florida West Palm Beach, Florida Area  - Total  - Water 15,896 km² (6,137 mi²) 2,621 km² (1,011 mi²) 16. ... “FAU” redirects here. ... Florida International University, commonly known as FIU, is a public research university whose main campus is located in University Park in metropolitan Miami, Florida, in the United States. ... The Shula Bowl is a yearly college football game between FAU and FIU. The games winner receives a traveling trophy, named the Don Shula Award, for a year. ... City Cincinnati, Ohio Team colors Black, Orange and White Head Coach Marvin Lewis Owner Mike Brown Mascot Who Dey League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1968-1969) Western Division (1968-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC Central (1970-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team... Mike Shula (born June 3, 1965 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American college football coach at the University of Alabama. ... The University of Alabama (also known as Alabama, UA or colloquially as Bama) is a public coeducational university located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA. Founded in 1831, UA is the flagship school of the University of Alabama System. ...


He has co-authored three books: "The Winning Wedge" (1973) with Lou Salami ISBN 0525235000, "Everyone's a Coach" (1995) ISBN 0310208157 and "The Little Black Book of Coaching: Motivating People to be Winners" (2001) ISBN 0066621038 both with Kendra Blanchard.


He was inducted into his high school hall of fame in 1997.


Post-coaching activities

In retirement, Shula has lent his name to a chain of Japanese steakhouses Shula's Steakhouse[3] and a line of condiments[4]. He also appears in NutriSystem commercials with Dan Marino and other former NFL players telling viewers how much weight they lost. Chophouse redirects here. ... The Nutrisystem Diet plan is a send you the food diet plan. ...


Coach Shula's first wife, Dorothy Shula, fought breast cancer for six years. Just before her death in 1991, Coach Shula formed the Don Shula Foundation for the purpose of finding a cure for cancer [5]. Breast cancer is cancer of breast tissue. ...


In 2005, Shula was on a commercial for Aqua Teen Hunger Force, where he sang a revised version of the show's opening song. For the movie, see Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters. ...


Don Shula remarried on October 16, 1993, to Mary Anne Stephens. In 2007 ads for NutriSystem geared for people age 60 and older featured the 77 year-old Shula and his 61 year-old wife Mary Anne.[6] is the 289th day of the year (290th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ...


In 2007 in Miami at Super Bowl XLI, Shula took part in the Vince Lombardi Trophy presentation.[7] Date February 4, 2007 Stadium Dolphin Stadium City Miami Gardens, Florida MVP Peyton Manning, Quarterback, Colts Favorite Colts by 6. ... Vince Lombardi Trophy The Vince Lombardi Trophy is the trophy awarded each year to the winning team of the National Football Leagues annual championship game, the Super Bowl. ...


He appeared in a Budweiser Super Bowl XLI ad with rapper Jay-Z, in which they played a futuristic football board game. Budweiser, sometimes referred to as Bud, is a global pale lager brand owned by the St. ... Date February 4, 2007 Stadium Dolphin Stadium City Miami Gardens, Florida MVP Peyton Manning, Quarterback, Colts Favorite Colts by 6. ... Jay-Z (aka the Jigga, HOV and Hova, born Shawn Carter on December 4, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American rapper/hip hop artist and record label executive; one of the most popular and successful rappers of the late 1990s and early 2000s. ...


On March 25, 2007, Shula presented the Winners Cup to Tiger Woods, winner of the 2007 WGC-CA Golf Tournament held at the Doral Resort in Miami.


Testimonials

Bum Phillips: (explaining why Don Shula was a great coach in spite of the lack of a catchy moniker for his "system"): "He can take his'n and beat yours'n and take yours'n and beat his his'n." Oail Andrew Bum Phillips (born on September 29, 1923 in Nederland, Texas or Orange, Texas) is a former National Football League (NFL) head coach. ...


Controversy

In 2007 Don Shula made public comments alluding to an asterisk being placed on the Patriots if they were to go undefeated and break his 1972 Dolphins' record, because the spygate controversy caused the NFL to fine the Patriots and take away a first round draft pick. This has drawn sharp criticism, as his own hiring was ruled to be a form of tampering by the NFL and cost the Dolphins a first round draft pick in 1970.


References

  1. ^ http://www.humana-medicare.com/news/PR-News-20051115-110738-NR.asp
  2. ^ http://www.nutrisystem.com/bagallery/index.cfm?r=30&n=122
  3. ^ http://www.donshula.com/
  4. ^ http://www.donshula.com/store.php
  5. ^ http://www.donshula.com/foundation.htm
  6. ^ "NFL's Shula named NutriSystem spokesman", CNN Money, January 22, 2007.  Retrieved on Feb. 6, 2007
  7. ^ "Marino, Shula to be honored at Super Bowl XLI", NFL, Dec. 14, 2006.  Retrieved on Feb. 6, 2007

External links

Preceded by
George Wilson
Miami Dolphins Head Coaches
1970–1995
Succeeded by
Jimmy Johnson
Preceded by
Weeb Ewbank
Baltimore Colts Head Coaches
1963–1969
Succeeded by
Don McCafferty
Preceded by
Tom Landry
Super Bowl winning Head Coaches
Super Bowl VII, 1973
Super Bowl VIII, 1974
Succeeded by
Chuck Noll

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Shula intercepted 21 passes in his seven NFL seasons but his true calling was coaching.
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Shula, Don, born in 1930, American professional football coach and player, who in 1993 became the winningest coach in the history of the National Football League (NFL).
Shula also won two Super Bowls (1973,1974) as coach of the Miami Dolphins, whom he guided from 1970 to 1995.
Shula was hired as an assistant coach for the Detroit Lions in 1960 and in 1963 became head coach for the Colts.
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