Don Shula’s achievements as a legendary leader didn’t end when he left the Miami Dolphins after the 1995 season.
The winningest NFL coach’s success in business through his chain of Shula’s Steak Houses will be honored by the Dolphins Business Alliance in an event open to the public at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Sun Life Stadium. There is no charge to attend. Enter Gate C and proceed to the Club Level.
The event will also feature a panel discussion on how athletes prepare for life after football. It will be moderated by Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman of Rakontur, a production company that has created critically-acclaimed documentaries including “Broke”, the highest rated film in ESPN’s 30 for 30 series. Panelists scheduled to appear include Director of Player Engagement Kaleb Thornhill, Brian Hartline, Richie Incognito and Matt Moore.
Shula, who won 347 games in 33 seasons of coaching, has overseen the growth of his steak houses from the original Shula’s that opened in 1989 in Miami Lakes to a nationwide chain of 32 restaurants, ranging from casual to fine-dining. The newest concept, Shula Burger, recently opened a store in Fort Lauderdale in the 17th Street Causeway.
Past honorees by the alliance include three former Dolphins players who have also excelled in the restaurant business: Bob Brudzinski, Kim Bokamper and John Offerdahl.
“We are pleased to honor Coach Shula for his success off the field with his Shula family of restaurants and also hear from a number of our current players to learn how they are preparing themselves for a successful career after football,” said Jim Rushton, Chief Revenue Officer for the Miami Dolphins.
Dolphins Prime will be activated for this event with a complimentary food and cash bar with cheerleaders and mascot T.D. available for pictures and autographs. The Finsiders radio show will conduct a live broadcast. There will also be 30 trade show booths.