Don Shula

Shula, Don (Donald Francis Shula)shōˈlə, 1930–, American football coach, b. Grand River, Ohio. A player at John Carroll Univ. and from 1951 to 1957 with the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Colts, and Washington Redskins of the National Football League, he coached at the universities of Virginia and Kentucky before becoming (1960) an assistant coach with the NFL's Detroit Lions. In 1963 he became the youngest NFL head coach ever, at Baltimore. After posting a 71–23–4 record in seven seasons with the Colts, he moved in 1970 to the struggling Miami Dolphins, a team he transformed so thoroughly that in 1972 they were unbeaten Super Bowl champions, recording the only perfect (17–0) season in NFL history. In all, his teams appeared in six Super Bowls (Baltimore, 1968; Miami, 1971–73, 1982, 1984) and won twice (1972–73). When Shula retired from the Dolphins in 1996, he had coached 328 regular-season and 347 total victories, both professional football records.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

More on Don Shula from Fact Monster:

  • Don Shula - Don Shula Born: Jan. 4, 1930 Football retired after 1995 season with an NFL-record 347 career wins ...
  • Jimmy Johnson - Jimmy Johnson Born: July 16, 1943 Football All-SWC defensive lineman on Arkansas' 1964 national ...
  • Miami Dolphins: The Path to Perfection - Path to Perfection by Michael Morrison In 1972, the Miami Dolphins completed what no other NFL team ...
  • Pro Football - Pro Football The Dallas Cowboys, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Pittsburgh Steelers share the ...
  • R - T - R - T Bobby Rahal Jack Ramsay Bill Rassmussen Willis Reed Pee Wee Reese Mary Lou Retton Butch ...

See more Encyclopedia articles on: Sports: Biographies