Don Shula — the NFL coaching legend who famously led the Miami Dolphins to a perfect season in 1972 — has died at 90 years old.
“[Shula] passed away peacefully at his home this morning,” the Dolphins said in a statement.
A cause of death was not immediately known.
“Don Shula was the patriarch of the Miami Dolphins for 50 years,” the team said.
“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.”
Shula is one of football’s all-time greats … after a playing career as a defensive back in the NFL in the 1950s — he went on to become a Hall of Fame coach.
Shula, the head man in Baltimore from 1963 to 1969 and then in Miami from 1970 to 1995, owns the record for most wins by an NFL coach EVER … piling up 347 in his 33-year career.
Shula also won two Super Bowls as the coach of the ‘Fins … and is still the only man to ever coach an undefeated NFL team.
Don was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997.