Don Shula Joins Moffitt Cancer Center’s National Board of Advisors

September 11, 2008

Tampa, FL – Don Shula, the NFL’s “winningest coach,” has joined Moffitt Cancer Center’s national Board of Advisors. Chaired by veteran ABC newsman, Sam Donaldson, the advisors serve as Moffitt ambassadors and offer their expertise, advice and counsel on issues relating to the cancer center.

            On July 26, 1997, Don Shula capped an illustrious career when he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, following his election into the shrine on Jan. 25, 1997, his first year of eligibility. Shula’s unanimous election to the Hall was the ultimate honor in a career full of record-setting accomplishments.

            Shula’s record as head coach of the Dolphins (1970-95) and before that as head coach of the Baltimore Colts (1963-69) is unmatched in NFL history. In 1995 he concluded his 33rd season as an NFL head coach and his 26th season as head coach of the Dolphins. He owns a career record of 347-173-6 (.665), including a regular season mark of 328-156-6 (.676).

            In addition, Shula won Super Bowl titles in 1972 and 1973, one of only five coaches in NFL history to win consecutive Super Bowls. His 1972 team went 17-0, recording the only undefeated season in NFL annals. He has appeared in more Super Bowls (six) than any other coach, and is one of only two coaches to reach the Super Bowl three straight seasons (1971-73).

            Along with his football responsibilities, Shula always has given considerable time, plus financial and emotional support, to many area charities. The Don Shula Foundation was established in 1992 and was formed primarily to assist in breast cancer research. Moffitt’s Don & Erika Wallace Comprehensive Breast Program has been a recipient of funds from that Foundation for the past five years. Shula also has been active in the American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, American Red Cross, the United Way and Catholic Charities.

            Because of his success on the football field and his long-time civic and charitable service, Shula has received countless prestigious awards recognizing his contributions, including the 1993 Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year Award, the 1994 Horatio Alger Award, the Bert Bell Award, the Lombardi Award, and the Pete Rozelle Award.

In addition, along with Ken Blanchard, in 1995 Shula co-authored “Everyone’s A Coach” a highly acclaimed book that outlines the application of their managerial philosophies for business and personal success. Shula personifies those business principles himself, serving as a partner in two highly successful enterprises, Shula Enterprises, Inc. along with Don Shula’s Steak Houses, LLLP.

About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research InstituteLocated in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center  is the only Florida-based cancer center with the NCI designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center for its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 15 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report  as one of America’s Best Hospitals for cancer. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.