Shula, the winningest coach in NFL history, leaves behind local legacy

Melanie Pagan

Melanie Pagan

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National Football League (NFL) hall of fame coach Don Shula addresses the crew of aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), under way in the Gulf of Oman, July 13, 2009, during a United Service Organizations tour to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. The tour also features all-pro NFL running back Warrick Dunn, actors Bradley Cooper and D.B. Sweeney and sports announcer and model Leeann Sweeden. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley, U.S. Navy/Released. Via Wikimedia Commons)

NFL hall of fame coach Don Shula. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley, U.S. Navy/Released. Via Wikimedia Commons)

Don Shula, the winningest coach in NFL history, leaves behind a local legacy. The Hall of Fame coach died Monday morning at the age of 90. The South Florida legend introduced the area’s only Shula’s Steak House 20 years ago in the Hilton Naples hotel. The award-winning restaurant, showcasing memorabilia from Shula’s perfect season coaching the Miami Dolphins, opened in February 2000. Also, Shula’s Bar & Grill has operated for more than eight years at the Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers. Founded more than 30 years ago, Shula’s Restaurant Group now has five brands which, like Shula himself, “strive for perfection, but settle for excellence.” 

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