Don Shula

Don Shula

Original Name Donald Francis Shula
Birth
Grand River, Lake County, Ohio, USA
Death 4 May 2020 (aged 90)
Miami Lakes, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
Burial Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
Memorial ID 209749807 · View Source
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Professional Football Coach and Player. He has had more wins than any other coach in the history of the National Football League (NFL). He started playing football in his youth against his parents’ wishes and went on to play in a small college but was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1951. He later went on to also play for the Baltimore Colts and Washington Redskins before becoming a coach. While playing for the NFL, he was a defensive lineman who played 73 games in seven seasons with 21 intercepted passes. He became head coach of the Baltimore Colts in 1963 at the age of 33 making him the youngest to become a coach at the time. In 1970, he went on to coach the Miami Dolphins where he stayed until retirement in 1995. He led the Dolphins to two Super Bowl victories as well as the only perfect season in NFL history. In 1993, he was named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated. He had only two losing seasons in his 33-year career as a head coach in the NFL and led his teams to six Super Bowls. He won the most games in NFL history (347) and coached the most (526) in 33 consecutive seasons. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997. He received the "Lombardi Award of Excellence" from the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation in 1999 which was created to honor coach Vince Lombardi's legacy, and is awarded annually to an individual who exemplifies the spirit of the coach. At Super Bowl XXXVII, he performed the ceremonial coin toss to end the pregame ceremonies. In 2007, in Miami Gardens at Super Bowl XLI, he took part in the Vince Lombardi Trophy presentation. On March 25, 2007, he presented the Winners Cup to Tiger Woods, winner of the 2007 WGC-CA Golf Tournament held at the Doral Resort in Miami. He participated in the opening of Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 and in 2011, he was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in recognition of his humanitarian efforts. At his alma mater, John Carroll University, he endowed the Don Shula Chair in Philosophy, which supports the Philosophy Department by presenting programs of interest to philosophers and the general public.

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  • Originally Created by: Joe
  • Added: 4 May 2020
  • Find a Grave Memorial 209749807
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Don Shula (4 Jan 1930–4 May 2020), Find a Grave Memorial no. 209749807, citing Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Cemetery, Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .