Don Shula Dead at 90—Winningest Coach in NFL History Won Two Super Bowls With Miami Dolphins in Legendary Career

Legendary NFL coach Don Shula died on Monday at the age of 90.

During a 32-year career as head coach, Shula won 347 games between the regular season and playoffs, the highest total in NFL history, and led the Miami Dolphins to victory in Super Bowl VII and Super Bowl VIII. In 1972, he coached the Dolphins to a 14-0 record in the regular season, which was followed by two playoffs wins and the Super Bowl triumph, making Miami the first and to date only team to record a perfect season.

Along with former Chicago Bears great George Halas, Shula is the only NFL head coach with over 300 wins to its name between regular season and playoffs. During his 26 seasons in Miami, only twice he finished with a losing record and his overall coaching record in the NFL stood at 347-173-6 by the time he retired in 1995.

"Don Shula was the patriarch of the Miami Dolphins for 50 years," the Dolphins said in a statement.

"He brought the winning edge to our franchise and put the Dolphins and the city of Miami in the national sports scene. Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to Mary Anne along with his children Dave, Donna, Sharon, Anne and Mike."

A native of Ohio, Shula attended John Carroll University, before being selected as ninth-round pick in the 1951 NFL Draft.

A relatively low-key playing career took him from the Cleveland Browns to the Baltimore Colts and the Washington Redskins over seven seasons, before Shula took up his first coaching post as he was named Detroit Lions assistant coordinator in 1960.

Three years later, the former defensive back took charge of the Colts, becoming the then-youngest NFL coach at the age 33.

Shula led Baltimore to Super Bowl III, the first championship game to have "Super Bowl" in its name, but the Colts suffered the ignominy of being the first NFL team to lose a title game as the New York Jets became the first AFL team to win an NFL championship following a 16-7 victory.

Having made his name in Baltimore, Shula became a bonafide legend in Miami, coaching the Dolphins for 26 seasons between 1970 and 1995 and guiding the Dolphins to five Super Bowls, each with a different quarterback.

Miami triumphed in two of them, defeating the Washington Redskins 14-7 in Super Bowl VII and the Minnesota Vikings 24-7 a year later. The two title runs were preceded by another trip to the Super Bowl as the Dolphins lost 24-3 to the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl VI.

Shula reached a further two NFL title games, with Miami losing 27-17 to the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XVII and then 38-16 to the San Francisco 49ers two years later in Super Bowl XIX.

"Today is a sad day," Dolphins president Tom Garfinkel said in a statement.

"Coach Shula was the rare man who exemplified true greatness in every aspect of his life. He will be so missed by so many but his legacy of character and excellence will endure. All my best to Mary Anne and the Shula family."

Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997, Shula was followed into the NFL by his two sons, David and Mike. The former was the Cincinnati Bengals' head coach between 1992 and 1996, while the latter is the current quarterbacks coach for the Denver Broncos.

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Don Shula, former head coach of the Miami Dolphins, addressing the media after the rookie minicamp on May 9, 2015 at the Miami Dolphins training facility in Davie, Florida. Joel Auerbach/Getty