Modified 05 May 2020, 00:16 IST
Such was Don Shula’s greatness, he nonetheless owns a number of NFL information immediately.
The former Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins head coach, who died aged 90 on Monday, retired in 1996 as a two-time Super Bowl champion, a type of rings delivered by the historic undefeated crew of 1972.
Shula’s career was one in all sustained success, transcending totally different groups, quarterbacks and eras.
Here we check out the exceptional numbers from his NFL head teaching career.
347 victories – Only three males in NFL historical past have received over 300 video games, Shula, Chicago Bears nice George Halas and New England Patriots legend Bill Belichick. Shula, whose remaining document of 347-173-6 from his 33 years as a head coach, nonetheless holds the document for probably the most wins in NFL historical past.
67 years – As a participant (seven seasons), assistant coach (three), head coach (33) and govt (24) – Shula spent 67 seasons in the NFL. He performed for the Cleveland Browns, Colts and Washington Redskins then coached for the Detroit Lions, Colts and Dolphins.
15 Hall of Famers – Shula’s bust in Canton is surrounded by some acquainted ones. Fifteen of the gamers he coached – together with legendary quarterbacks Johnny Unitas and Dan Marino – are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, seven had been former Colts, eight former Dolphins.
Thank you for every thing, Coach Shula. pic.twitter.com/7eXY4ZOKn6
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) May 4, 2020
20 playoff appearances – In his 33-year career, Shula’s groups went to the postseason 20 occasions. He made the playoffs in every of his first 5 years with Miami.
17-0 – In 1972, Shula’s Miami Dolphins accomplished the one undefeated season in NFL historical past, going 14-0 in the common season earlier than profitable all three of their playoff video games, together with Super Bowl VII.
31 seasons of .500 or above – Rebuilding was merely not in Shula’s vocabulary. Only twice did his groups end with dropping information – in 1976, when Miami went 6-Eight and 1988, when the Dolphins went 6-10.
4 Coach of the Year awards – No head coach has ever received as many AP Coach of the Year awards as Shula, a three-time victor with the Colts in 1964, 1967 and 1968, and, after all, in 1972 with the Dolphins.
6 Super Bowl appearances – At the time of his retirement, no coach had appeared in extra Super Bowls than Shula, who had a 2-Four document in the Big Dance. Belichick, who has taken the Patriots to 9 Super Bowls, has since damaged that document.
5 Super Bowl quarterbacks – While Tom Brady has been Belichick’s quarterback for every of his 9 Super Bowls in New England, Shula was in a position to win with a document number of sign callers. He used Unitas, Marino, Bob Griese, Earl Morrall and David Woodley in Super Bowls.