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Don Shula Quotes:

Anybody that’s a Dolphins fan feels they’re headed in the right direction.

Don Shula

You try to get the most out of the talent. Make ’em work and let ’em play.

Don Shula

Success is not forever and failure isn’t fatal.

Don Shula

The one thing that I know is that you win with good people.

Don Shula

I coached against Dave the last couple of years, and I was very proud to be the first time a father ever coached against his son. He beat me for 30 minutes the first time and 59 and a half minutes the second time.

Don Shula

Sure, luck means a lot in football. Not having a good quarterback is bad luck.

Don Shula

You take on what’s right in front of you. You want to do the best you can with the opportunities that you have.

Don Shula
Don Shula with wife
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The thing we found out was, when you get to a Super Bowl, both teams are treated the same, talked about in glowing terms. But when the game is over, only the team that won matters.

Don Shula

And then to end up with a total of 347 wins, averaging 10 regular season wins for 33 years and the best winning percentage, and I’m very proud of this, of any professional team from 1970 to 1996.

Don Shula

He wants to be his own man and be recognized for what he’s done. He’s not asking for anything because of his name. That was a tough situation to go into at Alabama, but he probably wouldn’t have been given the job if the situation would have been different.

Don Shula

I never felt I knew it all. I always felt there’s something new to learn, something new to do.

Don Shula

Peyton Manning is doing things that I think no other quarterback in the history of the league has done at the line of scrimmage… I just think they are a team right now that’s got a real chance to run the table.

Don Shula

I don’t know any other way to lead but by example.

Don Shula

You try to shut the criticism out, but it’s pretty hard to do. You see people on the street, friends, people that you know are in your corner, and they come and tell you how bad they feel, and that’s not the kind of conversation you want. I don’t want anyone to feel bad for me.

Don Shula

I’m not going to worry about the critics until some of my peers start saying I’m a softie.

Don Shula

I can’t remember missing a practice because of illness.

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Because, they’re only thinking about one team when that game’s over. Before the game, they’re talking about two football teams. When the game’s over, there’s only one winner.

Don Shula

You can’t play enough golf or do any of those other things that fill that kind of excitement that coaching gave me in the big games.

Don Shula

The 347 wins is the thing I’m most proud of. Nobody’s even close to it.

Don Shula

I think what coaching is all about, is taking players and analyzing there ability, put them in a position where they can excel within the framework of the team winning. And I hope that I’ve done that in my 33 years as a head coach.

Don Shula

And my rookie contract, my first rookie contract was for $5,000.

Don Shula

What I learned from that loss, and also another loss that I’m going to talk about later, was that when you’re there, it’s not good enough to be there, when you’re there, you better walk away with that ring.

Don Shula

You know it’s only 50 miles from Grand River to Canton, but it took me 67 years to travel that distance.

DON SHULA

The superior man blames himself. The inferior man blames others.

Don Shula

And I coached against Mike when he was an assistant with the Bears and they won that football game.

Don Shula

One thing I never want to be accused of is not working.

Don Shula

When you’re 0-2 in the Super Bowl, they say unkind things about you. They say, ‘He can’t win the big one.’ And that’s the worst thing that can be said about you.

Don Shula

Losing a Super Bowl destroys all the good things that happened to get you there.

Don Shula

I can’t control the criticism. It’s something you certainly don’t appreciate, but by the same token, everybody is entitled to their opinion.

DON SHULA

I don’t want a player that’s content with not playing… But we wanted to play the guys that got us here.

Don Shula

And this year is going to be the 25th anniversary of the 17-0 team, the only undefeated season.

Don Shula

Who is Don Shula?

Donald Francis Shula was a professional American soccer coach and player. Shula was the most successful coach in the history of National Football League and was the leading Miami Dolphins coach for 26 saisons and won two SuperBowl victories, which included the only perfect NFL season in the history of 1972.