Hall of Fame Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula has died. The architect of the NFL's only perfect season passed away at the age of 90, the team said in a statement Monday.
Shula led the Dolphins from 1970 to 1995 to become the NFL's winningest coach with 347 wins.
Shula coached in six Super Bowls and led the team to a perfect 17-0 season in 1972.
"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," the team said in a statement.
Shula played college football in Cleveland and played for the Browns in 1951 before getting traded to the Baltimore Colts. He started is pro football coaching career with the Detroit Lions in 1960 as a defensive coordinator. He became coach of the Colts in 1963. He came to Miami as head coach in 1970. He retired in 1995 after 33 years in the NFL with a record of 347-173-6.
The New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick also put out a statement on the late coach and his influence on him when Shula coached the Baltimore Colts.