2020-05-04

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  • Faith: Catholic
  • Career: Public Figure
  • Birthday:  January 04, 1930
  • Accomplishments:  NFL, Head Coach, Pro Football Hall of Fame, super bowl
  • Fun Faith Fact!: At one point, Shula considered joining a Catholic Priesthood.

Don Shula, born Donald Francis Shula, is a former professional football player and longtime head coach of the Miami Dolphins. Shula grew up in a small town along the Lake Erie shore to Hungarian immigrant parents. Shula’s start in football began in high school after being noticed by an assistant football coach. After being convinced to join the team, Shula was a starting left halfback and handled a majority of his high school football team’s rushing and passing duties. After high school, Shula received a one year scholarship at John Carrol University, which was a private Jesuit school in University Heights, Ohio. After a stellar performance as a freshman, his scholarship went from partial to full.

After graduating college, Shula was drafted by the Cleveland Brown's as defensive back. Shortly after his stint with the Brown's, Shula was traded to the Baltimore Colts and then picked up by the Washington Redskins before retiring. Shula had a seven season long career and played in 73 games, which included 21 intercepted passed and four fumbles.

Shula got his first NFL coaching job as the defensive backfield coach for the Detroit Lions in 1960. The lions posted winning records after in each of Shula’s three seasons there. In 1963 he was named the Baltimore Colt’s head coach, making him the youngest in the NFL and guided the team to a 12-2 record, putting the Colts at the top of the NFL West. He signed on as the Miami Dolphin’s second head coach in 1970 and would coach the Dolphin’s to the league’s only undefeated season (17-0) in 1972.  In total, Shula led the Dolphin’s to five Super Bowls. He was drafted into the Pro football Hall of Fame in 1997. He was deemed the NFL's most "winningest" coach for his 33 years of  impressive game stats and championships. 

On May 4, 2020, Don Shula passed away at at the age of 90. He leaves behind his wife, children, and an unforgettable legacy that will forever remain apart of NFL history.

 


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