Dave Shula

Date of birth May 28 1959 (1959-05-28) (age 61)
Place of birth Lexington, Kentucky
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Career highlights
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Career player statistics (if any)
Team(s) as a player (if any)
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Miami Dolphins (PGC/OC)
Dallas Cowboys (OC)
Cincinnati Bengals (Assis. HC)
Cincinnati Bengals (Head Coach)

David Donald Shula (born May 28, 1959) is a former American football player and coach. The son of famed National Football League coach Don Shula and brother of Mike Shula, he now works with his father in the family's restaurant business, Shula's Steak Houses.


The Shula family moved to Detroit in 1960 and Baltimore in 1963, following Don Shula's career in the NFL. The family settled in Miami Lakes, FL in 1970, where Dave was a standout high school football and baseball player.

NFL careerEdit

Shula's career as an NFL player was a brief one-season appearance as a wide receiver and kickoff returner with the Baltimore Colts in 1981. He began his coaching career with the Miami Dolphins in 1982, under his father as head coach. In 1989, Shula was hired by Jimmy Johnson to be his offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, a position he held for two seasons. Shula was demoted from that position after the 1990 season, and soon thereafter left the Cowboys to take an assistant coaching position with the Cincinnati Bengals in 1991.

In 1992, Shula was named head coach of the Bengals. At age 32, he was one of the youngest ever men to achieve such a position with an NFL team. His stint with the Bengals was unsuccessful, however. The team compiled a 19–53 record over Shula's four and a half years at the helm. Shula lost 50 games faster than any NFL coach in history (69 games).

Business careerEdit

After leaving football, Shula joined the family steakhouse business, Shula's, in 1997 and has helped expand the franchise internationally. He is an amateur golfer, tennis player and marathon runner.


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