Don Shula

Don Shula
January 4 1930 (1930--) (age 77)
Grand River, Ohio
Position(s)| Head Coach
College| John Carroll
NFL Draft| 1951 / Round 9 / Pick 110
Career Highlights
Wins (328)
Super Bowl appearances (6)
328-156-6 (Regular Season)
19-17 (Postseason)
347-173-6 (Overall)
Super Bowl
      Wins| 1972 Super Bowl VII
1973 Super Bowl VIII
1 NFL Championship
5 AFC Championship
11 Division titles
Stats
DatabaseFootball
Pro Football Reference
DatabaseFootball
Team(s) as a player
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1997


Donald Francis Shula (born January 4, 1930 in Grand River, Ohio) is a former professional football coach for the National Football League. He is best known as coach of the Miami Dolphins, the team he led to two Super Bowl victories, and to the NFL's only undefeated Perfect Season in 1972. Shula was named 1993 Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated. He currently holds the NFL record for most career wins with 347.

Personal life

Don Shula was born in Northern Ohio in 1930. He grew up in suburban Cleveland graduating from Harvey High School in Painesville, and then John Carroll University. He played football at both schools. He earned an M.A. in Physical Education from Case Western Reserve University in 1954. As part of a government public awareness campaign he was the first American to sign up for Medicare Part D prescription drug plan benefits, enrolling just after midnight on November 15, 2005.[1] Shula is the father of former Alabama coach Mike Shula and former Cincinnati Bengals coach Dave Shula. He and his wife Mary Anne are currently spokespersons for NutriSystem weightloss program, using which he lost 35 pounds.

Playing career

In 1951 Shula signed with the Cleveland Browns where he played defensive back under coach Paul Brown. On March 26, 1953, he was traded to the Baltimore Colts in what was, at that time, the largest NFL player trade ever made, involving 15 players. The Colts traded T Mike McCormack, DT Don Colo, LB Tom Catlin, DB John Petitbon, and G Herschell Forester to the Browns for Shula, DB Bert Rechichar, DB Carl Taseff, LB Ed Sharkey, E Gern Nagler, QB Harry Agganis, T Dick Batten, T Stu Sheets, G Art Spinney, and G Elmer Willhoite. Shula and Taseff were teammates at John Carroll, with the Browns and with the Colts.

Shula played with Baltimore for four seasons before finishing his playing career with the Washington Redskins. Shula intercepted 21 passes in his seven NFL seasons, returning them for 267 yards, and also recovered four fumbles. He would find his true calling, however, on the sidelines as an assistant and then head coach.

Early coaching career

Shula took a position as an assistant coach at the University of Kentucky in 1959 coaching defensive backs under head coach Blanton Collier.

Shula played under both the aforementioned Paul Brown and Weeb Ewbank, a Brown disciple, who is also in the Hall of Fame. After Ewbank left the Baltimore Colts to coach the New York Jets in 1963, Shula was hired by Colts' owner Carroll Rosenbloom to coach Baltimore. Shula's hiring was controversial because he was thought to be too young at only age 33.

Shula took the controls and led the Colts to an 8-6 record in 1963. He was very successful, compiling a 71-23-4 record in seven seasons with Baltimore, but he was just 2-3 in the postseason, including two losses in championship games in which the Colts were heavy favorites, the 1964 NFL championship game won by the Browns 27-0 and Super Bowl III, the game in which Joe Namath of the New York Jets guaranteed and delivered a victory. Shula won the NFL Coach of the Year Award three times in this period: 1964, 1967 (tied with George Allen) and 1968.

To a certain extent Shula's Colt teams were unlucky. The 1965 team lost a special tie breaker playoff game in overtime to the Green Bay Packers while forced to use running back Tom Matte at quarterback because of injuries to John Unitas and his backups. The 1967 team failed to make the playoffs despite a regular season record of 11-1-2.

Miami Dolphins

1970-1973

After the 1969 season, Joe Robbie, owner of the Miami Dolphins, signed Shula to a contract to become Miami's second head coach. As a result of Shula's signing the team was charged with tampering by the NFL, which forced the Dolphins to give their first round pick to the Colts. The decision was controversial because Shula and Robbie's negotiations and signing were conducted before and after the official NFL/AFL merger, respectively. Had the negotiations been concluded before the merger, while the NFL and AFL were rivals, the NFL's anti-tampering rules could not have been applied.

Shula had great success with Miami in the 1970s. His teams were known for great offensive lines (led by Larry Little, Jim Langer and Bob Kuechenberg), strong running games (featuring Larry Csonka, Jim Kiick, and Mercury Morris), solid quarterbacking (by Bob Griese and Earl Morrall), excellent receivers (in Paul Warfield, Howard Twilley and TE Jim Mandrich) and a defense that worked well as a cohesive unit. In an era when defenses were given fanciful nicknames (for instance, the Dallas Cowboys were known as the "Doomsday Defense", Pittsburgh was called "The Steel Curtain" and the L.A. Rams front line was known as "The Fearsome Foursome") the Dolphins were known as "The No-Name Defense" even though they had a number of great players, including DT Manny Fernandez and MLB Nick Buoniconti. Using what he learned from Brown and Ewbank and his personal experience, Shula led the Dolphins to three Super Bowl appearances, two Super Bowl wins and seven playoff appearances during the 1970s.

In 1972 the Dolphins became the only team in the modern NFL to go undefeated (14-0) in the regular season. They swept the playoffs and finished 17-0 in what is known as the Perfect Season, a mark still unequaled in the league. Including the Dolphins' 12-2 mark in 1973 the club also set a record with a 32-2 record over two seasons.

Post-1973

Shula changed his coaching strategy as his personnel changed. His Super Bowl teams in 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1982 were keyed by a run-first offensive strategy and a dominating defense. In 1983, shortly after losing Super Bowl XVII to the Washington Redskins, the Dolphins drafted quarterback Dan Marino out of the University of Pittsburgh. Marino won the starting job halfway through the 1983 regular season, and by 1984 the Dolphins were back in the Super Bowl thanks largely to Marino's record 5,084 yards through the air and 48 touchdown passes. Shula's offensive strategies helped Marino rewrite the NFL record book for quarterbacks.

For all his success, the Dolphins' January, 1974 Super Bowl win over the Minnesota Vikings proved to be Shula's last championship. Despite consistent success in the regular season, Shula was unable to capture another title, failing in 12 trips to the playoffs – including two more Super Bowl appearances – before retiring after the 1995 season.

Toward the end of Shula's career, despite continued regular season success, some fans and members of the local media began to speculate that "the game has passed him by." With the change of ownership from Joe Robbie to Wayne Huizenga the pressure to get back to the Super Bowl led to the addition of many high-priced free agents who did not necessarily fit into Shula's systems.

Former Dallas Cowboys and Miami Hurricanes coach Jimmy Johnson wrote in his weekly syndicated newspaper column that the 1995 Dolphins had the talent to be favorites for the Super Bowl. However, this team finished a disappointing 9-7 and lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Buffalo Bills. The press and local radio urged Huizinga to replace Shula with Johnson, and after the season Shula retired, and Johnson was hired as his replacement.

Legacy

Shula set numerous records in his 33 seasons as a head coach. He holds NFL records for regular season wins (328), total victories (347), single season win percentage (1.000 in 1972), most games coached (526), most consecutive seasons coached (33), Super Bowl appearances (6) and Super Bowl losses (4) (tied with Bud Grant, Dan Reeves and Marv Levy). His teams' won 7 NFL conference titles: 1964, 1968, 1971-73, 1982 and 1984. Shula's teams were consistently among the least penalized in the NFL, and Shula served on the Rules Committee, to help change the game to a more pass oriented modern league.

He is honored at the Don Shula Stadium at John Carroll University, and the Don Shula Expressway in Miami. Additionally, an annual college football game between South Florida schools Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University is named the Shula Bowl in his honor. The game's winner receives a traveling trophy named the Don Shula Award. Two of his sons, David and Mike, also became head coaches. On October 2, 1994, Don and David Shula became the first father and son to coach against each other. David's Cincinnati Bengals fell at home 23-7. Mike Shula was the former head coach at his alma mater, the University of Alabama, where he played quarterback from 1983-86.

He has co-authored three books: "The Winning Edge" (1973) with Lou Sahadi ISBN 0525235000, "Everyone's a Coach" (1995) ISBN 0310208157 and "The Little Book of Coaching: Motivating People to be Winners" (2001) ISBN 0066621038 both with Ken Blanchard.

He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997.

Post-coaching activities

In retirement, Shula has lent his name to a chain of popular steakhouses Shula's Steakhouse[1] and a line of condiments[2]. He also appears in NutriSystem commercials with Dan Marino and other former NFL players telling viewers how much weight they lost.

Coach Shula's first wife, Dorothy Shula, fought breast cancer for six years. Just before her death in 1991, Coach Shula formed the Don Shula Foundation for the purpose of finding a cure for breast cancer [3].

In 2005, Shula was on a commercial for Aqua Teen Hunger Force, where he sang a revised version of the show's opening song.

Don Shula remarried on October 16, 1993, to Mary Anne Stephens. In 2007 ads for NutriSystem geared for people age 60 and older featured the 77 year-old Shula and his 61 year-old wife Mary Anne.[4]

In 2007 in Miami at Super Bowl XLI, Shula took part in the Vince Lombardi Trophy presentation.[5]

He appeared in a Budweiser Super Bowl XLI ad with rapper Jay-Z, in which they played a futuristic football board game.

On March 25, 2007, Shula presented the Winners Cup to Tiger Woods, winner of the 2007 WGC-CA Golf Tournament held at the Doral Resort in Miami.

Testimonials

Bum Phillips: (explaining why Don Shula was a great coach in spite of the lack of a catchy moniker for his "system"): "He can take his'n and beat yours'n and take yours'n and beat his his'n."

References

1. ^ [2]
2. ^ [3]
3. ^ [4]
4. ^ "NFL's Shula named NutriSystem spokesman", CNN Money, January 22, 2007.  Retrieved on Feb. 6, 2007
5. ^ "Marino, Shula to be honored at Super Bowl XLI", NFL, Dec. 14, 2006.  Retrieved on Feb. 6, 2007

External links

Preceded by
George Wilson
Miami Dolphins Head Coaches
1970–1995
Succeeded by
Jimmy Johnson
Preceded by
Weeb Ewbank
Baltimore Colts Head Coaches
1963–1969
Succeeded by
Don McCafferty
Preceded by
Tom Landry
Super Bowl winning Head Coaches
Super Bowl VII, 1973
Super Bowl VIII, 1974
Succeeded by
Chuck Noll


MolesworthEwbank • Shula • McCaffertySanduskySchnellenberger • Thomas • MarchibrodaMcCormackKushDowhowerMeyerVenturiMarchibrodaInfanteMoraDungy
    [ e]
Miami Dolphins Head Coaches
Wilson • Shula • JohnsonWannstedtBatesSabanCameron
January 4 is the 1st day of the year (2nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 0 days remaining.

Events

  • 46 BC - Titus Labienus defeats Julius Caesar in the Battle of Ruspina.

..... Click the link for more information.
19th century - 20th century - 21st century
1900s  1910s  1920s  - 1930s -  1940s  1950s  1960s
1927 1928 1929 - 1930 - 1931 1932 1933

Year 1930 (MCMXXX
..... Click the link for more information.
Grand River, Ohio

Seal
Motto:
Location of Grand River, Ohio
Coordinates:
Country United States
State Ohio
County Lake
Area
..... Click the link for more information.
American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. However, because the rules allow unlimited substitution between plays, the types of players on the field for each team differ depending on the situation.
..... Click the link for more information.
For the coaching strategy game, see NFL Head Coach.


A head coach is a professional who is responsible for the overall actions of the players of the team he is associated with. He is typically paid more than other coaches.
..... Click the link for more information.
This is a List of Athletic Conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

NCAA Division I

Division I FBS

  • Atlantic Coast Conference
  • Big East Conference

..... Click the link for more information.
John Carroll University is a private, co-educational Jesuit university in the greater Cleveland, Ohio area in the United States. The university was founded as Saint Ignatius College by the Society of Jesus.
..... Click the link for more information.
The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting[1]) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns, through seven rounds[2]
..... Click the link for more information.
In an organised sports league, a season is the portion of one year in which regulated games of the sport are in session. For example, in Major League Baseball, one season lasts approximately from April to September; in European football (soccer), it is generally from August until
..... Click the link for more information.
Super Bowl is the championship game of the National Football League (NFL). It and its ancillary festivities constitute Super Bowl Sunday, which over the years has become the most-watched U.S. television broadcast of the year, and has become likened to a de facto U.S.
..... Click the link for more information.
Super Bowl VII

1 2 3 4 Total
7 7 0 0 14
0 0 0 7 7
Date January 14, 1973
Stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
City Los Angeles, California
MVP Jake Scott, Safety
Favorite Redskins by 1

..... Click the link for more information.
Super Bowl VIII

1 2 3 4 Total
0 0 0 7 7
14 3 7 0 24
Date January 13, 1974
Stadium Rice Stadium
City Houston, Texas
MVP Larry Csonka, Running back
Favorite Dolphins by 7
National anthem
..... Click the link for more information.
The 1968 National Football League championship game was the 36th annual championship game. The winner of the game would represent the NFL in the 3rd AFL-NFL World Championship Game also called the Super Bowl.
..... Click the link for more information.
League NFL
Founded 1970
Trophy Lamar Hunt
No. of champions 12
Current champions Indianapolis Colts

The American Football Conference Championship game other wise known as AFC Championship Game
..... Click the link for more information.
1997 1998 1999 2000

19th century · 20th century · 21st century
1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 
1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000


..... Click the link for more information.
January 4 is the 1st day of the year (2nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 0 days remaining.

Events

  • 46 BC - Titus Labienus defeats Julius Caesar in the Battle of Ruspina.

..... Click the link for more information.
19th century - 20th century - 21st century
1900s  1910s  1920s  - 1930s -  1940s  1950s  1960s
1927 1928 1929 - 1930 - 1931 1932 1933

Year 1930 (MCMXXX
..... Click the link for more information.
Grand River, Ohio

Seal
Motto:
Location of Grand River, Ohio
Coordinates:
Country United States
State Ohio
County Lake
Area
..... Click the link for more information.
American football, known in the United States simply as football [1] is a competitive team sport known for its physical roughness despite being a highly strategic game.
..... Click the link for more information.
In sports, a coach or manager is an individual involved in the direction and instruction of the on-field operations of an athletic team or of individual athletes. Coaching entails the application of sport tactics and strategies during the game or contest itself, and usually
..... Click the link for more information.
Sport American football
Founded 1920
CEO Roger Goodell (Commissioner)
No. of teams 32, divided into two sixteen-team conferences, each of which consists of four four-team divisions.
..... Click the link for more information.
Miami Dolphins
Year founded: 1966

Helmet Logo
City Miami Gardens, Florida
Other nicknames The Fins
Team colors
..... Click the link for more information.
Super Bowl is the championship game of the National Football League (NFL). It and its ancillary festivities constitute Super Bowl Sunday, which over the years has become the most-watched U.S. television broadcast of the year, and has become likened to a de facto U.S.
..... Click the link for more information.
Sport American football
Founded 1920
CEO Roger Goodell (Commissioner)
No. of teams 32, divided into two sixteen-team conferences, each of which consists of four four-team divisions.
..... Click the link for more information.
worldwide view.


The phrase Perfect season refers to any sports season in which a team remains undefeated and untied. While easier in the shorter collegiate seasons (NCAA football has an undefeated team almost annually), it remains virtually impossible in any of
..... Click the link for more information.
19th century - 20th century - 21st century
1940s  1950s  1960s  - 1970s -  1980s  1990s  2000s
1969 1970 1971 - 1972 - 1973 1974 1975

Year 1972 (MCMLXXII
..... Click the link for more information.
Sportsman of the Year" award to "the athlete or team whose performance that year most embodies the spirit of sportsmanship and achievement." A majority of the winners have been American.
..... Click the link for more information.
Sports Illustrated is the largest weekly American sports magazine owned by media conglomerate Time Warner. It has over 3 million subscribers and is read by 23 million adults each week, including over 18 million men, 19% of the adult males in the country.
..... Click the link for more information.
State of Ohio

Flag of Ohio Seal
Nickname(s): The Buckeye State,
"Birthplace of Aviation" "The Heart Of It All"

Motto(s): With God, all things are possible

Official language(s) English de facto
..... Click the link for more information.
Cleveland, Ohio

Flag
Seal
Nickname: The Forest City
Motto: Progress & Prosperity
Location in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Coordinates:
Country
..... Click the link for more information.


This article is copied from an article on Wikipedia.org - the free encyclopedia created and edited by online user community. The text was not checked or edited by anyone on our staff. Although the vast majority of the wikipedia encyclopedia articles provide accurate and timely information please do not assume the accuracy of any particular article. This article is distributed under the terms of GNU Free Documentation License.