Yesterday Don Shula passed away at the age of 90. Certainly a legend in the halls of not just football coaches but in the Americana of any existing and non existing coach.
In any sport.
In any genre.
Yet in a era of “embrace debate” and an overlapping of arguments Shula always seemed, well.....forgotten. We constantly have these incessant debates about greatest quarterbacks, receivers, etc until we are all blue in the face. Yet whenever the conversation of greatest coaches in the history of the game have been had, at least through my own experience these are the names you’d constantly hear debated.
In no order:
Now let me be clear. I am not making a case AGAINST any of these men. They all deserve the adulation associated with it and are to be discussed and debated. They are the creme de la creme of the NFL coaching hierarchy. But rarely have I heard Don Shula’s name be exalted in the group.
Certainly not in the last 10 years.
It feels like the more we are removed from Don Shula’s retirement from the game of football in 1995, the more irrelevant he seems in the modern day conversation. Unless of course you live in South Florida.
For reminders sake, a list of Coach Shula’s accomplishments
Hopefully his passing will serve as a reminder of his greatness. Never to be forgotten about again.
Rest In Power, coach