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Don Shula, winningest coach in pro football history, dies at 90

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said that if there were a Mount Rushmore for the NFL, Don Shula would be chiseled into the granite.
Credit: AP
FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2009, file photo, former Miami Dolphins head coach Don Shula waves to the crowd during a half time ceremony of an NFL football game between the Miami Dolphins and the New Orleans Saints in Miami. Shula, who won the most games of any NFL coach and led the Miami Dolphins to the only perfect season in league history, died Monday, May 4, 2020, at his South Florida home, the team said. He was 90. (AP Photo/Jeffrey M. Boan)

MIAMI — Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Don Shula died Monday. He was 90.

Shula died at his home in South Florida.

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said that if there were a Mount Rushmore for the NFL, Don Shula would be chiseled into the granite.

He won the most games of any NFL coach and led the Dolphins to the only perfect season in league history. Shula surpassed George Halas’ league-record 324 victories in 1993. 

He retired following the 1995 season with 347 wins, 173 losses and six ties, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997.

The Ohio native played running back at John Carroll University and cornerback in the pros for seven seasons. 

Shula became the youngest head coach in NFL history when the Baltimore Colts hired him in 1963 at age 33.

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