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Former NFL coach Don Shula dead at 90

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 04: Mary Anne Stephens (L) and NFL coach Don Shula attend 6th Annual NFL Honors at Wortham Theater Center on February 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

MIAMI (AP) – The winningest coach in pro football history has passed away.

Don Shula, former Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins coach, was 90 years old.

Following the news of Shula’s passing, the Miami Dolphins released the following statement:

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay on Monday afternoon released this statement on Shula’s passing:

“Today is a sad day for the NFL and the entire sports world with the passing of Don Shula.  There are few in the 100-year history of the NFL who have had a more positive influence on the game itself than Coach Shula.  In addition to his record-setting tenure with the Miami Dolphins, he helped establish the Colts as one of the great franchises in all of sports.  

“One of my most special memories is of meeting Don for the first time in 1972 in the Orange Bowl.  He was larger than life, of course; and to me he always will remain so.

“He was an extraordinary father, husband, grandfather and human being who will be missed by all of us.  Our hearts and prayers go out to the entire Shula family as well as our sincerest thanks for sharing his wonderful life with sports fans everywhere.”

Jim Irsay, owner and CEO of the Indianapolis Colts