Northeast Ohio native and NFL Hall of Fame coach Don Shula dies at 90 years old

Don Shula

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Don Shula, an NFL Hall of Fame coach and native of Northeast Ohio, has died.

The Miami Dolphins announced news of Shula’s death on Monday morning.

Shula was born in Lake County and attended John Carroll University before being drafted in the NFL.

As a player, Shula spent time with the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Colts and Washington Redskins.

Shula started his head coaching career with the Baltimore Colts in 1963 before taking the position with the Miami Dolphins in 1970 for more than two decades.

John Carroll University honored the coach’s legacy by naming Don Shula Stadium after him.

To this day, Shula holds the NFL coaching record for most regular season wins in history. He was elected into the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997.

“The Game has lost one of the greats today, but we have all lost a truly incredible man. Hall of Fame Coach Don Shula served as an ambassador for this great game for more than half a century. His legendary feats on the gridiron led him to a record 347 wins to become the winningest coach in NFL history and allowed him to lead the 1972 Dolphins to the only perfect season in NFL history.

Coach Shula was a man who truly loved the game and I have often been moved by the deep respect and affection he was always afforded by the men who played for him.

The entire Pro Football Hall of Fame family mourns the passing of Coach Shula. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Mary Anne and their entire family. The Hall of Fame flag will fly at half-staff and we will forever keep his legacy alive to serve as inspiration to future generations.”

- Pro Football Hall of Fame President & CEO David Baker

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