Coach Don Shula

"Football is a game of errors. The team that makes the fewest errors in a game usually wins."

- Paul Brown, Legendary Coach-Mentor to Don Shula

The Greatest of All Time

    On July 26, 1997, Don Shula capped an illustrious career when he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, his first year of eligibility. Shula’s unanimous election to the Hall was the ultimate honor in a career full of record-setting accomplishments.
    Shula’s record as head coach of the Dolphins (1970-95) and before that as head coach of the Baltimore Colts (1963-69) is unmatched in National Football League history. In 1995 he concluded his 33rd season as an NFL head coach and his 26th season as head coach of the Dolphins.
Coach Shula is the winningest coach in NFL history with 347 career wins.
    In addition, Shula won Super Bowl titles in 1972 and 1973, one of only five coaches in NFL history to win consecutive Super Bowls. He has appeared in more Super Bowls (six) than any other coach, and is one of only two coaches to reach the Super Bowl three straight seasons (1971-73).

    Along with his football responsibilities, Shula always has given considerable time, plus financial and emotional support, to many area charities. The Don Shula Foundation, formed primarily to assist breast cancer research, was established as a tribute to his late wife, Dorothy. Shula also has been active in the American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, American Red Cross, the United Way, and Catholic Charities.
His 1972 team went 17-0, recording the only undefeated season in NFL History.

Because of his success on the football field and his long-time civic and charitable service, Shula has received countless prestigious awards recognizing his contributions. In addition, along with Ken Blanchard, in 1995 Shula co-authored “Everyone’s A Coach” a highly acclaimed book that outlines the application of their managerial philosophies for business and personal success. Shula personifies those business principles himself, serving as an equity partner in two highly successful enterprises, Don Shula's Hotel & Golf Club along with Don Shula’s Steak Houses, LLLP.

    Shula and his wife Mary Anne reside in Miami and continue to be very active in charitable and community affairs. They were married on October 16, 1993, and their family together now includes eight children and sixteen grandchildren.

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  • Drafted by Cleveland Browns in 1951
  • Traded to Baltimore Colts in 1953
  • Ended in 1959 playing for Washington Redskins
  • Coached Baltimore Colts (1963-69) 
  • Coached Miami Dolphins (1970-95)
  • Winningest coach with 347 wins
  • 325th career win in 1993 (Dolphins vs. Eagles)
  • 1972 Miami Dolphins 17-0
    "Perfect Season"
  • Super Bowl Titles in 1972 and 1973
  • One of 5 in history to win consecutive Super Bowls
  • Coached a total of 6 Super Bowls
    ('68, '71-73, '82, '84) 
  • 1989 Opened first Shula's Steak House in Miami Lakes, FL 
  • 1994 Co-founded Shula's Steak Houses, LLLP 
  • 1997 Hall of Fame induction