Report: Shula to quit after '94

January 21, 1993|By Orlando Sentinel

MIAMI -- Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula, who probably will become the winningest coach in NFL history next season, has told several friends and members of his coaching staff that he will retire after the 1994 season, according to a report published yesterday.

Shula, whose team was knocked out of the playoffs Sunday in the AFC championship game, would neither confirm nor deny the report in the Palm Beach (Fla.) Post. It has long been speculated that Shula would retire after 1994.

"It's something I have to consider and will think about for some time," Shula said yesterday. Shula turned 63 this month, and his contract runs through the end of the 1994 season. Before this season, he signed a two-year contract worth $1.7 million per year.

Shula finished this season, his 30th as an NFL head coach and 23rd with Miami, with 318 career victories. Former Chicago Bears coach George Halas holds the record with 324. Shula started his career with the Baltimore Colts.

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