Shula, Don

Shula, Don

Shula, Don (Donald Francis Shula), 1930-, American football coach, b. Grand River, Ohio. A player at John Carroll Univ. and from 1951 to 1957 with the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Colts, and Washington Redskins of the National Football League, he coached at the universities of Virginia and Kentucky before becoming (1960) an assistant coach with the NFL's Detroit Lions. In 1963 he became the youngest NFL head coach ever, at Baltimore. After posting a 71-23-4 record in seven seasons with the Colts, he moved in 1970 to the struggling Miami Dolphins, a team he transformed so thoroughly that in 1972 they were unbeaten Super Bowl champions, recording the only perfect (17-0) season in NFL history. In all, his teams appeared in six Super Bowls (Baltimore, 1968; Miami, 1971-73, 1982, 1984) and won twice (1972-73). When Shula retired from the Dolphins in 1996, he had coached 328 regular-season and 347 total victories, both professional football records.
The Shula Bowl
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The Shula Bowl is a yearly college football game between the Florida Atlantic University Owls and the FIU Golden Panthers. The game's winner receives a traveling trophy, named the Don Shula Award, for one year. The game and trophy are named after former Miami Dolphins head coach Don Shula, to whom each school's first head coach has previous ties. FAU's head coach Howard Schnellenberger was a former assistant of Shula in the 1970s and FIU's former head coach Don Strock was a former player under Shula in the 1970s and 1980s.

Currently, FAU leads the all-time series five games to one. FAU won the first three games played in the series, FIU won in 2005, and FAU won the two most recent games in 2006 & 2007.

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