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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Don Shula’s son Mike is a coach for the Carolina Panthers and Don will be in San Francisco cheering on his son during Super Bowl 50.

“I can’t wait to head out there and be there to root him on and support….it’s so exciting,” said Shula.

Mike calls the plays for Carolina’s high-powered offense, and is drawing praise for bringing out the best in star quarterback Cam Newton.

“He was a stickler for detail even at a young age. He worked to make sure he did a good job and did things right,” said Shula.

Mike was the happy-go-lucky kid on the sidelines who charted plays as his dad became an icon, coaching in a record six Super Bowls. Mike went on to play college quarterback at Alabama before launching his own coaching career.

“He wasn’t always the most gifted athlete…but he was around a lot of them, and wasn’t bashful to learn from them,” said Shula.

As for what’s made him a good offensive coordinator, Shula says it’s his great concentration.

Don Shula – sitting in his office – has plenty of football memories to go over. In fact his home office looks like an NFL museum.

A Hall of fame bust and two Vince Lombardi trophies from Shula’s Super Bowl wins are flanked by memorabilia showing how sons Mike and Dave shared in his glory. Now it’s the other way around.

To some, it’s fitting that the Shula name is part of the Super Bowl’s golden anniversary.

 

Jim Berry

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