The National Football League lost one of its greatest people on Monday as it was announced that legendary Miami Dolphins head coach Don Shula passed away at the age of 90.
Shula is the winningest coach in NFL history and presided over two Miami Dolphins teams that won the Super Bowl (VII and VIII). Of course, Don Shula’s 1972 Dolphins remain the only team in NFL history to post a perfect record throughout it all as they went 17-0.
The Dallas Cowboys were actually the last team to beat the Dolphins before their perfect season started. Dallas defeated Miami in Super Bowl VI, the first Super Bowl win in Cowboys franchise history. Needless to say, Shula responded in incredible fashion.
Jerry Jones has released a statement on the passing of Don Shula
Don Shula’s final season coaching the Miami Dolphins was 1995 and the next man in charge there was actually Jimmy Johnson. Johnson will join Shula in the Pro Football Hall of Fame at the next induction ceremony as another one of the game’s greatest coaches.
Dallas Cowboys owner, president, and general manager Jerry Jones released a statement on the passing of Don Shula. From the mothership:
“On behalf of our family and the Dallas Cowboys organization, we extend our deepest sympathies to the entire Shula family. We are so grateful for the relationship we have shared with Don and Mary Anne through so many years, and our support, friendship and admiration will be with her always moving forward.
Don was not just an iconic figure in the history of our game, he was an American institution who always represented the highest levels of character, leadership and integrity.
Being in his presence was always a special opportunity to rub shoulders with true greatness.
His name and his legacy will serve to inspire all of the very best virtues of sportsmanship, competition and achievement in coaches for generations to come. There will never be another one like him.”
Don Shula will be remembered by football fans forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Shula family in this difficult time.