June 24, 2005
He feels as if he could coach again, but that's not what drives Don Shula these days. The legendary Miami Dolphin coach, 75, spends most of his working hours on his national chain of steakhouses. He recently opened a new one in an LAX hotel and this week talked to Times staff writer Sam Farmer about runaway running back Ricky Williams, steroids in the old NFL, and the place in history his undefeated 1972 team deserves.
August 31, 2003 |
Mike Shula's debut was successful in the end -- thanks to Shaud Williams. Williams had 177 total yards and scored three touchdowns to lead Alabama to a 40-17 victory over South Florida after a shaky start Saturday in the opener for both teams at Birmingham, Ala. "A lot of attention has been focused on me this week, but these guys are the ones who have been working hard and they're the ones who went out there and made the plays," Shula said.
January 1, 2002 |
Shulas are as beloved in Florida as Kennedys are in Massachusetts and Bushes are in Texas. Credit the family's patriarch, Don Shula, who coached the Miami Dolphins for 26 seasons, won two Super Bowls and whose 1972 team finished 17-0. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997 as the winningest coach. So imagine the scrutiny his grandson, Dan, endured this season playing quarterback for St. Thomas Aquinas High at Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Forget whether he was a good passer.
January 12, 1998 |
Don Shula, in honor of the 25th anniversary of his Miami Dolphins' perfect season, awarded the Broncos the championship trophy in a postgame ceremony on the Three Rivers Stadium field. With every word of his glowing speech, Shula was roundly booed. * Elway showed his experience with Super Bowl hype from the moment his news conference began. Drinking from a can containing a notable diet soda, he held up a can and said, "Think [they] will call me?"
November 16, 1997 |
1. Question: The Dolphins are going to honor Don Shula and the 1972 team for their perfect season at halftime Monday night, but why is Shula so ticked off? Answer: Shula also wants perfect adoration. He wants the world to recognize the Dolphins as the NFL's best team ever, and he wants the selectors to put one of his defensive players--any defensive player from 1972--into the Hall of Fame. "I don't understand why there's even any question about it [being the best ever]," Shula said.
July 28, 1997 |
His jaw clenched, his eyes piercing, his voice commanding, Don Shula gave no indication he belonged anywhere Saturday other than on the steps to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. To hear him tell it, Shula has been humbled only once in his life. After he coached the 1972 Miami Dolphins to a 17-0 record, he and his late wife, Dorothy, vacationed in a small town on the Maine coast. Entering a movie theater one evening, they received a standing ovation. "You don't have to applaud," Shula said.