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Don Shula, the winningest coach in pro football history, has died at age 90

The Hall of Fame NFL coach who led the Miami Dolphins to two Super Bowl titles coached the team for 26 seasons, with his final season coming in 1995. As a coach, he won more games than anyone else in NFL history.

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Don Shula, the NFL’s most winningest coach who led the Miami Dolphins to two Super Bowl titles, died Monday at the age of 90.

The Dolphins confirmed his death in a separate statement.

“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.”

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Shula got his start coaching with the Baltimore Colts in 1963 when he was just 33. He coached the Colts from 1963 to 1969 before taking over the Dolphins in 1970. With the Colts, Shula was 71-23-4 and led the team to an NFL Championship in 1968.

He coached the Dolphins for 26 seasons, with his final season coming in 1995. He led the Dolphins to five AFC Championships and two Super Bowl victories while the coach of the Fish. His team with Bob Griese and Larry Csonka became the only team to finish the regular season unbeaten and win the Super Bowl. The New England Patriots would eventually be the second team to finish the regular season unbeaten but would eventually lose in the Super Bowl.

Born on January 4, 1930, in a small town near Cleveland, Ohio, Shula grew up as a high school football player before taking a scholarship offer at John Carroll University. He was a devout Catholic who considered becoming a priest while in college but instead focused on a football career that got him seven seasons playing in the NFL.

The team says that Shula “passed away peacefully at his home this morning.”

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Don Shula, the winningest coach in pro football history, has died at age 90

Don Shula, the winningest coach in pro football history, has died at age 90

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