This Day In Sports History (September 22nd) – Don Shula

It was on this day in 1991 that Don Shula recorded his 300th  career regular season win as a head coach.  Shula’s Miami Dolphins defeated the Green Bay Packers 16-13 to reach the milestone.

Don Shula was a head coach in the NFL for 32 seasons and in only two of those seasons did his team finish with a losing record.  He is most remembered for coaching the Dolphins, a position he held for 26 seasons from 1970-1995.  He led Miami to back-to-back Super Bowl titles in Super Bowl VII and VIII.  The 1972 Miami Dolphins remain the only team in NFL history to complete the entire season without losing a game, as they went 14-0 in the regular season and 3-0 in the playoffs to finish the year at a perfect 17-0.

The 2007 New England Patriots looked as though they would join the ‘72 Dolphins when they finished the regular season at 16-0.  Winning their first two playoff games to advance to the Super Bowl, the Patriots were just one game away from football immortality.  However, they were upset by the New York Giants 20-17 to end their season at 18-1.

Here is Shula discussing the 1972 perfect season.

Notable Birthdays

Vince Coleman, MLB – Born September 22nd 1961 (age 50) in Jacksonville, Florida

Mike Richter, NHL – Born September 22nd 1966 (age 45) in Abington, Pennsylvania

Ethan Moreau, NHL – Born September 22nd 1975 (age 36) in Huntsville, Ontario

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