Don Shula and former Miami Dolphins quarterback Bob Griese are shown during a halftime ceremony celebrating the undefeated 1972 Dolphins team as the Dolphins hosted the Cincinnati Bengals last December at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Shula, an NFL head coach for 33 years and coach of the Dolphins for 26 of those seasons, died Monday morning. He was 90 years old. Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS

Don Shula, the winningest coach in NFL history, died Monday. He was 90.

“Don Shula was the patriarch of the Miami Dolphins for 50 years,” the Miami Dolphins said in a statement. “He brought the winning edge to our franchise and put the Dolphins and the city of Miami in the national sports scene. Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to Mary Anne along with his children Dave, Donna, Sharon, Anne and Mike.”

Shula was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997 after more than four decades in the NFL, first as a player and then a coach.

Shula’s Dolphins won two Super Bowls and appeared in three others, including the iconic 1972 team that went undefeated.

At age 33, Shula was named head coach of the Baltimore Colts in 1963.

It was the first of 32 seasons he spent as an NFL head coach. Shula was hired by the Dolphins in 1970 and retired after the 1995 season with 328 career wins and 490 games coached.

Only Shula and George Halas have at least 300 career victories.



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