Don Shula hasn’t coached the Miami Dolphins in 16 years. He last helmed the ship in 1995, long before many current Dolphins fans had even come to discover football. His accomplishments still resonate, the undefeated season, the most wins in NFL history, the fact he only had two losing seasons in his entire career, the man will always be South Florida, and NFL royalty.
Growing up I had no choice but to pay tribute to Shula, whom my father refers to simply as ‘the Don’. There was no discussion in my house about the greatest coach in history. In his my dad’s mind, and in the minds of many older Dolphins fans, the answer was undoubtedly Don Shula. But many younger fans really only know about the name, maybe some of the stats. They don’t for instance know, why Joe Robbie was able to pry Shula away from a very successful Baltimore franchice after the ’69 season. Shula and his son David recently sat down with Fox’s Rick Horrow and talked about some of his early career, his legacy and his time spent coaching. If you’re a new Dolphins fan or an older one, you have the five minutes to watch this.