“I don’t know any other way to lead but by example”

Don Shula

Don Shula passed away last week at the age of 90. He was a Head Coach in the NFL for 33 seasons: seven with the Baltimore Colts and 26 with the Miami Dolphins. Don Shula’s 1972 Miami Dolphins are the only NFL Team to go through the regular season and the post-season undefeated. 14-0 regular season: 3-0 post-season – including a Super Bowl win over the Washington Redskins. The Dolphins also won the Super Bowl the following season. Don Shula was named NFL Coach of the Year four times. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997.

Don Shula was a tough guy, a good man and a superb coach. Shula became the youngest Head Coach in NFL History when he got the Baltimore Colts job in 1963. He was 33. Shula
was there for seven seasons during which time the Colts performed very well during the regular season. However, two major defeats in the post season left Shula, the Colts and their fans very disappointed. In 1964, the Colts were heavy favorites to defeat the Cleveland Browns in the NFL Championship Game . The Browns won 27-0. Four years later, Shula and the Colts were heavily favored to beat the New York Jets in the Super Bowl and the Jets stunned The Colts and all of football with a 16-7 victory.

In Miami, it was a different story. After a Super Bowl loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the Dolphins won consecutive Super Bowls, and no longer was Shula criticized for a lack of post season success.
A coach has to have the players to be successful. Shula had the players but with his great organizational skills, discipline and knowledge he helped make his teams great!
Don Shula, one of the greatest coaches in the History of Professional Sports!
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