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Don Shula, N.F.L.’s Winningest Head Coach, Dies at 90


Don Shula, the winningest head coach in National Football League history and the only one to lead a team to a perfect season, died on Monday at his home. He was 90.

His death was announced by the Miami Dolphins on Twitter.

Shula, who was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997, was a tactician and taskmaster who built some of the most fearsome defenses and explosive offenses in league history. He took his teams to six Super Bowls, winning two, capping the 1972 and 1973 seasons.

The 1972 campaign was historic: The Dolphins won all 14 regular-season games despite losing Bob Griese, their starting quarterback, to an injury in the fifth game. With the top-ranked offense and defense, they then won all three playoff games and captured Super Bowl VII, completing what remains the league’s only perfect season.

A complete obituary will be published soon.



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