4:08 PM PT — A few of Shula’s gamers from his historic teaching profession shared their recollections over time … together with first impressions at apply, legendary speeches and life classes.
The video interviews are highly effective … with Bob Griese, Larry Csonka, Dick Anderson, John Offerdahl and extra discussing Shula’s influence on their lives.
Don Shula — the NFL teaching legend who famously led the Miami Dolphins to an ideal season in 1972 — has died at 90 years previous.
“[Shula] handed away peacefully at his dwelling this morning,” the Dolphins mentioned in an announcement.
A reason for demise was not instantly identified.
“Don Shula was the patriarch of the Miami Dolphins for 50 years,” the staff mentioned.
“He introduced the profitable edge to our franchise and put the Dolphins and the town of Miami within the nationwide sports activities scene.”
“Our deepest ideas and prayers exit to Mary Anne alongside together with his youngsters Dave, Donna, Sharon, Anne and Mike.”
Shula is one among soccer’s all-time greats … after a enjoying profession as a defensive again within the NFL within the 1950s — he went on to turn into a Corridor of Fame coach.
Shula, the top man in Baltimore from 1963 to 1969 after which in Miami from 1970 to 1995, owns the document for many wins by an NFL coach EVER … piling up 347 in his 33-year profession.
Shula additionally gained two Tremendous Bowls because the coach of the ‘Fins … and remains to be the one man to ever coach an undefeated NFL staff.
Don was elected into the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame in 1997.
Shula had a serious influence on a ton of well-known folks. A few of them are posting tributes on social media together with:
NFL commish Roger Goodell — “Don Shula will all the time be remembered as one of many biggest coaches and contributors within the historical past of our recreation. He made an awfully constructive influence on so many lives.”
“His iconic legacy will endure by means of his household and proceed to encourage generations to come back.”
The Cleveland Browns — who drafted Shula in 1951 — shared the staff’s condolences … saying, “We’re happy with the truth that his soccer basis was inbuilt Ohio, beginning at Harvey Excessive College in Painesville, enjoying collegiately at John Carroll after which being drafted by the Browns.”
“Coach Shula’s contribution to our recreation are unmatched. Our heartfelt condolences exit to the whole Shula Household.”
Magic Johnson — “RIP NFL Corridor of Fame Coach and 2X Tremendous Bowl champion Don Shula! My prayers exit to his household.”
Andrea Kremer — “My deepest condolences on the passing of Don Shula … As knowledgeable I labored w/ him & received to know him effectively, even naming my canine Zonk, similar to he did. RIP Coach.”
Gov. Ron DeSantis — “Coach Don Shula leaves behind an incomparable legacy because the NFL’s winningest coach and because the one who put Miami sports activities on the map.”
Invoice Cowher — “We misplaced one of the crucial iconic males within the historical past of NFL teaching in Don Shula. His management and knowledge helped to information me and lots of others who’ve made a life in teaching soccer. Thanks Coach Shula. Might your spirit and legacy reside on perpetually.”
Initially printed — 7:21 AM PT