MIAMI — Miami Dolphins legendary coach Don Shula has passed away at age 90.
Shula was born Jan. 4, 1930, in Grand River, Ohio. He entered the NFL as a player in 1951 and retired in 1995 after coaching the Miami Dolphins for 26 years. He won more games than any coach in league history, a record that has stood for, coincidentally, 26 years.
The Dolphins issued a statement on Monday:
“Don Shula was the patriarch of the Miami Dolphins for 50 years. 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 coached the 1972 Dolphins to a 17-0 record, still the only perfect season in league history.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.