Thursday, September 20, 2001
Shula's 300th win worthy of Gatorade dousing
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
Sept. 22, 1991
Exactly 28 years ago, Don Shula won his first game as an NFL head coach - a 20-14 Baltimore win in San Francisco with Johnny Unitas engineering a 10-point fourth quarter. Today, Shula gains No. 300, as the Miami Dolphins rally with 10 points in the fourth period to take a sloppy 16-13 decision over the Green Bay Packers at Joe Robbie Stadium.
The second NFL coach to reach 300, Shula gets his first dousing. "Well, you've got to think twice about doing that to coach Shula," says linebacker Cliff Odom.
In the game's waning seconds, Odom, Hugh Green, Jim Jensen and Pete Stoyanovich dump a Gatorade bucket filled with water over their coach. "I've always wanted to do that to coach Shula, one way or another," Jensen says.
In the locker room, after Shula receives the game ball from the players and a trophy, he says with a grin, "I haven't been a Gatorade guy. It was cold, but I'll tell you, I enjoyed every minute of it."
Shula, in his 22nd season with Miami after seven years with Baltimore, has a record of 300-139-2. Only George Halas, with 324 victories, has won more NFL games.