Don Shula plans to attend the Super Bowl to root for his son

MIAMI (AP) Hall of Fame coach Don Shula plans to attend the Super Bowl, where he'll root for his son, Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula.

A Miami Dolphins spokesman said Wednesday that the 86-year-old Shula will make the cross-country trip to the game in Santa Clara, California.

Mike Shula was 7 when he watched his dad's Dolphins beat the Washington Redskins in the Super Bowl to finish the 1972 season 17-0. That's still the only perfect season in NFL history.

Don Shula's team repeated as Super Bowl champions the following year.

This season, he has watched the NFC champion Panthers on TV from his home in Miami. He also talks strategy with his son on the phone - often when Mike is headed home from the stadium after games.


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