The sports world lost another legend today. Hall of Fame head coach Don Shula died today. According to the Miami Dolphins, Shula died at his home. He was 90.
Shula was the winningest coach in NFL history and is the only coach to lead a team to an undefeated season, which he pulled off with the 1972 Miami Dolphins. In his 33-year coaching career, Shula coached in six Super Bowls, winning two of them.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell gave his thoughts in a statement on the life of Don Shula:
“Don Shula will always be remembered as one of the greatest coaches and contributors in the history of our game. He made an extraordinarily positive impact on so many lives. The winningest coach in NFL history and the only one to lead a team to a perfect season, Coach Shula lived an unparalleled football life. As a player, Hall of Fame coach, and long-time member and co-chair of the NFL Competition Committee, he was a remarkable teacher and mentor who, for decades, inspired excellence and exemplified integrity. His iconic legacy will endure through his family and continue to inspire generations to come. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Don’s wife Mary Anne, along to his children Dave, Donna, Sharon and Mike, the Shula family, and the Dolphins organization.”
Here is reaction from Twitter:
We lost a true legend in our profession today with the passing of Coach Don Shula. I have so much respect and admiration for what he brought to the game and to life in general. He was a trailblazer who will be missed greatly.
— Mike Tomlin (@CoachTomlin) May 4, 2020
— Brett Favre (@BrettFavre) May 4, 2020
I met Don Shula when he took over the Dolphins. It was at La Gorce in Miami, where I worked with Jack Grout. Don sat down for lunch with a guy he didn’t know, just talk football. What a wonderfully nice man he was. That started a special friendship I've cherished for 50 years. pic.twitter.com/Li1xoE2BF1
— Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) May 4, 2020
Today is a very sad day for us all. We extend our most sincere thoughts and condolences to the family and friends of legendary coach Don Shula and the @MiamiDolphins organization. pic.twitter.com/KXdaswsifn
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) May 4, 2020
Don Shula was a Giant ofmy childhood. He was the best football coach I have ever seen.He was also one of the kindest nicest gentleman the world has ever seen.Thanks Coach Shues for my favorite sports moments. U gave me most of them. Love u Coach. My heartgoes out to your family. pic.twitter.com/T4uIgW5V86
— Darius Rucker (@dariusrucker) May 4, 2020
R.I.P. to the goat Don Shula🙏🏾
— DeVante Parker (@DeVanteParker11) May 4, 2020
We lost one of the most iconic men in the history of NFL coaching in Don Shula. His leadership and wisdom helped to guide me and many others who have made a life in coaching football. Thank you Coach Shula. May your spirit and legacy live on forever. RIP
— Bill Cowher (@CowherCBS) May 4, 2020
We lost the greatest coach of all time. RIP Coach Don Shula pic.twitter.com/nVD0nkQm1W
— Bruce Arians (@BruceArians) May 4, 2020
Rip, one of the greatest of all time..Don Shula ..he set the standard…will talk later today on FOX
— Jimmy Johnson (@JimmyJohnson) May 4, 2020
“Don Shula can take his and beat yours, and he could take yours and beat his.” – Bum Phillips
The NFL lost a legend today.
Rest In Peace Don.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) May 4, 2020
Rest in peace Coach Don Shula. You are a legend and one of the greatest icons the NFL has ever seen.
Prayers for peace and memories of fond times for the Shula family. #Legend
— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) May 4, 2020
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) May 4, 2020
Coach Shula – you will truly be missed! You embody the definition of “greatness.” You brought that winning attitude with you every day and made everyone around you better. (Part 1/2) pic.twitter.com/Ytoi5l7H4F
— Dan Marino (@DanMarino) May 4, 2020
— Dan Marino (@DanMarino) May 4, 2020