Don Shula is a former professional football coach from the United States. He has served as the head coach of Miami Dolphins. Under his supervision, the team has won two Super Bowls. He was also the head coach of Baltimore Colts. Shula was previously a football player himself and has played for the Baltimore Colts and Cleveland Browns. Here are the complete details about career, biography, and net worth of Don Shula in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
Donald Francis Shula is the son of Mary and Dan Shula. He was born on 4 January 1930, in Grand River, Ohio. He used to play football in his neighbourhood.
He went to Thomas W. Harvey and has also been to St. Mary’s School. Later, he received a scholarship at the University Heights.
In 1958, Don Shula got married to Dorothy Bartish. The couple was the parents of Dave, Donna, Sharon, Anne, and Mike. His wife died in 1991 after having breast cancer. In 1993, he got married to Mary Anne Stephens.
Career, Awards & Nominations
In 1951, Dan Shula became a teacher and coach at the Canton Lincoln High School for a year. In the 1951 NFL Draft, he was selected by the Cleveland Browns. He signed a contract for a year with the Browns and played as a defensive back.
In 1953, he got traded to the Baltimore Colts. In 1955, he made five interceptions. He became a coach in 1958. That same year, Shula was appointed as the assistant coach of the University of Virginia. Following that he became the assistant coach of the University of Kentucky.
Shula became the head coach of Baltimore Colts in 1963. He became the youngest coach at that time. In his second year as a coach, the team made a record of 12-2. In 1969, he was named as the second head coach of Miami Dolphins. With them, he won the Super Bowl VII and remained as coach till 1995.
Following his retirement as a coach, Shula became engaged in various endeavors and was conferred with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2011.
Awards & Achievements
Don Shula has been honoured with the Miami Dolphins Honor Roll. He was named as the Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated in 1993. He has been named as Associate Press NFL Coach of the Year on four occasions. He has twice won the Super Bowl and is a five-time AFC Champion. In 1999, he won the Lombardi Award for Excellence. In 1997, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Net Worth & Earnings
The estimated net worth of Don Shula is more than $35 million. He has been a very popular football coach and went on to win a number of accolades. This net worth has been inherited from his career as a professional football player and coach. He has also appeared in the commercials of NutriSystem. He owns the chain of steakhouse known as ‘Shula’s Steakhouse’. He has also got a hotel, golf club, and athletic club.
Don Shula is a legendary football coach. He has received many honours and is a famous name in the sports of football. Despite retirement, he continues to be known as a popular name in American football.