Former Dolphins Coach Don Shula Reportedly Didn’t Like Bill Belichick, Used to Call Him “Beli-Cheat”
Don Shula appeared to not like Bill Belichick very much.
The legendary Miami Dolphins head coach who died Monday at 90 years old, often criticized Belichick for his role in cheating scandals throughout the New England Patriots dynasty.
All of this information was told by ex-Miami Dolphins’ star Dick Anderson who said this during an interview on CBS Sports Radio’s “The DA Show” this week.
“He called Belichick, ‘Beli-cheat,'” Anderson said on the show. “He was straightforward. He was, ‘This is how we have to do it, and these are the rules, and this is what we’re going to follow.’ He didn’t like, I think, the people that didn’t follow the rules, and he did.”
According to the Miami Herald, Shula was recently asked about his legacy and what he wanted it to be — a rule follower.
“I want them to say, ‘He won within the rules,'” Shula said. “That he had players that took a lot of pride in playing within the rules. I want them to say that we did it all the right way. Always the right way.”
Shula, who coached the 1972 Dolphins to an undefeated season, also took some shots at Bill back in 2007 when the Pats were on the brink of perfection before ending up being 18-1.
“The Spygate thing has diminished what they’ve accomplished,” Shula said shortly after Spygate. “I guess you got the same thing as putting an asterisk by Barry Bonds’ home run record.”
Following his passing, Belichick released a statement regarding the legendary coach.
“Don Shula is one of the all-time great coaching figures and the standard for consistency and leadership in the NFL,” Belichick said. “I was fortunate to grow up in Maryland as a fan of the Baltimore Colts who, under Coach Shula, were one of the outstanding teams of that era.
“My first connection to Coach Shula was through my father, whose friendship with Coach Shula went back to their days in northeast Ohio,” Belichick added. “I extend my deepest condolences to the Shula family and the Dolphins organization.”