|Full name:||Donald Francis Shula|
|Age:||89 years old.|
|Date of Birth:||January 4th, 1930|
|Place of Birth:||Grand River, Ohio, USA|
|Profession:||Former coach, business mogul|
|Net worth:||$ 30 million|
|Wife:||Mary Anne Stephens|
|Parents:||Mary Shula and Don Shula|
Early Life and Education
Donald Francis Shula was born on January 4th, 1930 in Grand River, Ohio. From his early life, Don was highly inclined towards religion. Don had a big family with six other siblings which include a set of triplets.
For his education, Shula joined an elementary school St. Mary’s which is a private Catholic school in Painesville. His passion for sports emerged since he was very young. He later went to Harvey High School where he was an all-rounder athlete. Don played baseball, basketball, and football.
Shula was lucky enough to grab a one-year scholarship in John Carol University which was later extended to a full scholarship. During the time, Don played halfback and defense back. He holds a degree in B.S from JCU and also an M.A. in physical education from Western Reserve University now Case Western Reserve University.
Career as a Player
When it comes to the professional life of Donald, he started the journey as a player and made it up to being a coach. He played for Cleveland Browns. Don signed a $5,000 per year contract and played as a defensive back during his time with Cleveland Browns ( 1951/52).
Donald also signed a contract with Baltimore which paid him $6500 in a year. His time in Baltimore gave him a career-high five interceptions.
After Don waved his playing career a goodbye, he started coaching at the University of Virginia and the University of Kentucky in consecutive years. Don then was hired as a defensive backfield coach for the Detroit Lions for 1960-62 and later a head coach of Baltimore Colts in 1963. The team under his coaching won the division championship in 1964 and 1968 and the NFL championship in 1968. During his role in seven regular seasons, Shula won 71 games, lost 23 and tied 4.
Don was also the first NFL coach to win 100 regular season games in 10 seasons (1963-72) after he started coaching Miami Dolphins in 1970. The Dolphins was the first t team that remained undefeated through their entire schedule in 1972. The team also won a second Super Bowl in the upcoming season.
Donald Shula scored his 325th career victory which set a new history by breaking the previous record of George Hala. In 1995, he retired with a record of 347-173-6 (.665), which includes playoff games.
Don Shula: Marriage, and Wife
The former coach has married twice in his lifetime. He married his first wife Dorthy Bartish in 1958. The couple had five children together: Dave Shula, Donna, Sharon, Anne, and Mike Shula. Dorthy suffered from breast cancer and died on February 25, 1991, after fighting against the disease for 7 years.
After Dorthy passed left the world, Don Shula founded the Foundation for Breast Cancer Research.
After 2 years on October 16, 1993, Don married again. He married Mary Anne Stephens. The couple had kept their marriage for more than 25 years now. The couple resides in Indian Creek Florida, in the home which Mary got as her divorce settlement from her third husband, Jackson Stephens, an investment banker.
According to the sources, the estimated net worth of Don Shula is $30 million. The majority of the wealth he accumulated is the result of his successful career as a coach in the NFL. It is not new that the salary of the top players and coaches ranges in million and the list is incomplete without the name Don Shula.
The Former Coach Don Shula has an Estimated Worth of $30 Million.
Various endorsement brands also contribute to huge wealth. After retirement from his professional career, Shula lent his name to a chain of steakhouses, Shula’s Steakhouse, and a line of condiments.
Moreover, Shula owns a hotel in Miami Lakes, Florida. The hotel has a total of 205 guest rooms and specializes in college and professional sports travel. Don also owns The hotel is home to Shula’s Steak House, The Senator Course at Shula’s Golf Club, The Spa at Shula’s, and the Shula’s Athletic Club.
Don also appeared in the commercials of NutriSystem with Dan Marino and other former NFL players. The coach also made his appearance on films such as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.
Don Shula Quotes
Here are some of the inspiring quotes by the coach Don Shula:
- Success is not forever and failure is not fatal.
- Strive for perfection but settle for excellence.
- The superior man blames himself. The inferior blames others.
- I don’t have the magic formula. The only way I know to win is through hard work.
- The start is what stops most people.
With his several great contributions in the NFL, the 89 years old retired coach is an ever glowing light in sports. Although he suffers some health disorders time and again, he has not disclosed any of the details about his health issues. However, we often hear that he is being treated against sleep apnea and fluid retention.
We highly respect his privacy and also pray that he will be blessed with better health in the future.
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