Donald Francis Shula (January 4, 1930 – May 4, 2020) was an American football defensive back and coach who led the National Football League (NFL) from 1963 to 1995 as a head coach.
Shula, who spent most of his career as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins, is the NFL’s winningest coach, with 347 career victories and 328 regular-season triumphs. He spent his first seven seasons as the head coach of the Baltimore Colts before moving on to the Miami Dolphins for the next 26 years.
During his 33 years as a head coach, Shula only had two losing seasons and guided the Dolphins to two Super Bowl titles in a row in Super Bowl VII and Super Bowl VIII. In 1972, he won the Super Bowl for the first time, and it was the only flawless season in NFL history.
Is Don Shula the best coach of all time?
No. Even though Don Shula is the winningest coach in the history of the NFL, he is not the best to have ever existed in the history of the NFL.
Bill Belichick is the greatest coach in the history of the National Football League (NFL). He’s appeared in nine Super Bowls and won a record six of them, solidifying his status as the greatest NFL head coach of all time. In reality, anyone who wants to be a credible contender for the crown would have an uphill road. Belichick is the greatest NFL head coach in terms of Super Bowl triumphs alone, but his legacy extends far beyond that.