Don Shula, longtime Miami Dolphins head coach and the winningest coach in NFL history, has passed away at age 90. The Dolphins released an announcement regarding the sad news on Monday morning.
Shula was a coach for the Baltimore Colts from 1963 to 1969, helping them to compile a 71-23-4 record, before becoming the head coach of the Dolphins for the next 26 years. From 1971 to 1995, Shula led the dolphins to a 257-133-2 record, including consecutive Super Bowl wins in the perfect 1972 season and in 1973.
Among his numerous accolades were his election to the Miami Dolphins Honor Roll, four selections as the AP NFL Coach of the Year, his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997, and his naming as the 1993 Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated.
Shula played for the Browns, the Colts and the Redskins across seven seasons before becoming a coach.
Pro Football Hall of Fame President and CEO David Baker was one of many notable figures who had something to say in memory of the all-time great.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made a statement as well, calling Shula "a remarkable teacher and mentor" who made an "extraordinarily positive impact on so many lives" and lived an "unparalleled football life," (via James Palmer of NFL Network).