Special GuestsDon Shula
On July 26, 1997, Don Shula capped an illustrious career when he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, his first year of eligibility. Shula’s unanimous election to the Hall was the ultimate honor in a career full of record-setting accomplishments.
Shula’s record as head coach of the Dolphins (1970-95) and before that as head coach of the Baltimore Colts (1963-69) is unmatched in National Football League history. In 1995, he concluded his 33rd season as an NFL head coach and his 26th season as head coach of the Dolphins. He owns a career record of 347-173-6 (.665), including a regular season mark of 328-156-6 (.676), and is the winningest coach in NFL history.
Along with his football responsibilities, Shula always has given considerable time, plus financial and emotional support, to many area charities. The Don Shula Foundation, formed primarily to assist breast cancer research, was established as a tribute to his late wife, Dorothy. Shula also has been active in the American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, American Red Cross, the United Way, and Catholic Charities.
A member of the Class of 1951 at John Carroll, Shula helped fund a $1 million chair in the University’s Department of Philosophy. On May 17, 1994, John Carroll University showed its appreciation for Shula’s support of the school by naming its athletic complex the Don Shula Sports Center. Shula also has received honorary doctorate degrees from John Carroll, St. Thomas University, the University of Miami, and Florida Atlantic University. In addition, Shula’s support of countless charitable and community efforts have led to the naming of the Don Shula Scholarship at St. Thomas University, The Shula Family Life Fitness Center at St. Thomas Aquinas High School and the Don & Mary Anne Shula Building at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Miami Beach.
Because of his success on the football field and his long-time civic and charitable service, Shula has received countless prestigious awards recognizing his contributions, including the 1993 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Award, the 1994 Horatio Alger Award, the Bert Bell Award, the Lombardi Award, the Pete Rozelle Award and the Lama Hunt Award. In addition, along with Ken Blanchard, in 1995 Shula co-authored Everyone’s a Coach,
a highly acclaimed book that outlines the application of their managerial philosophies for business and personal success. Shula personifies those business principles himself, serving as a partner in three highly successful enterprises, Don Shula's Hotel & Golf Club along with Don Shula’s Steak Houses, LLLP (26 restaurants nationwide) and Shula Burger, LLC (eight restaurants in Florida)
Shula and his wife Mary Anne reside in Miami and continue to be very active in charitable and community affairs. They were married on October 16, 1993, and their family together now includes eight children, 16 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
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