Between 1970 and 1995, Don Shula served as head coach of the Miami Dolphins — 26 seasons in which he re-wrote the NFL’s record books and helped the franchise win a pair of Super Bowls as well as 11 division titles. Likewise, Shula and the teams he coached made life hard for the New England Patriots: in 53 combined regular season and playoff meetings between the Patriots and his Dolphins, New England came away victoriously only 20 times.
Of course, the Patriots were far from the only club to regularly come up short against Shula: over the course of his 33-year career as a head coach in the NFL — including a seven-year stint with the Baltimore Colts — he won more games than anyone else. In fact, he won more games than any head coach in the history of the game: when he retired following the 1995 season, he had an all-time best 347 regular season and playoff wins on his résumé.
Shula was naturally inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and also made the NFL’s Team of the 1970s and 100th Anniversary Team — securing his spot among the greatest coaches in the history of the game.
Early on Monday morning, Coach Shula passed away at the age of 90. The team confirmed Shula’s death via statement released shortly thereafter: