An NFL Great career in numbers


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A statue of former Miami Dolphins head coach Don Schuller

That was the greatness of Don Schuller, who still holds multiple NFL records today.

The former Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins head coach, who died Monday at the age of 90, retired as two-time Super Bowl champion, one of the two rings the historic undefeated team went through in 1999.

Schuller’s career was a lasting success, surpassing various teams, quarterbacks and eras.

Here we take a look at significant numbers from his NFL head coaching career.

347 Victory – Only three men in NFL history have won more than 300 games, Shula, the Chicago Bears great George Halas and New England Patriots legend Bill Belick. Shula, whose final record of 347-173-6 from his 33 years as head coach, still holds the record for most wins in NFL history.

67 years – As a player (seven seasons) – assistant coach (three), head coach (33) and executive (24) – Shula has spent 67 seasons in the NFL. He played for the Cleveland Brown, Colts and Washington Redskins then coached for the Detroit Lions, Colts and Dolphins.

15 Hall of Famers – The bust of the canton of Canton is surrounded by some familiar people. The five players he coached, including legendary quarterbacks Johnny Unitas and Dan Merino, are on the Pro-Football Hall of Fame list, including seven former Colts, eight former Dolphins.

20 playoff appearances – In his 33-year career, Schuller’s team has been to the postseason 20 times. He has played off in each of his first five years with Miami.

17-0 – In 1972, the Schuller Miami Dolphins completed the only unbeaten season in NFL history, leading 14-0 in the regular season before winning three of their play-off games, including the Super Bowl seventh.

.500 or more 31 seasons – Reconstruction was not just in Schuller’s vocabulary. His teams lost the record only twice – in 1976, when Miami went 6–7 and in 1986 the Dolphins went 6-10.

4 year award coach – No head coach won the Head of the Year award, three times with the Colts in 1964, 196767 and 1968, and three times with Schuller with the Dolphins in 1972.

6 Super Bowl Presence – No other Super Bowl coach has had more retirement than Schulz, who has a 2-4 record in the Big Dance. Belicic, who led the Patriots to nine Super Bowls, broke that record.

5 Super Bowl Quarterbacks – When Tom Brady was a quarterback for Belikok for each of his nine Super Balls in New England, Shula was able to win the record with a variety of signal callers. He has used Unitas, Merino, Bob Gris, Earl Morroll and David Woodley in the Super Bowl.