Toledoan, Super Bowl champion Curtis Johnson remembers Don Shula

TOLEDO (WTVG) - Toledoan Curtis Johnson was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 1970 and won two Super Bowls under legendary coach Don Shula.

Shula passed away Monday at the age of 90.

Johnson played high school football at Waite and later became a key figure in Toledo's 1969 undefeated season.

Shula won the most games of any NFL coach and led the Dolphins to the only perfect season in league history.

Shula surpassed George Halas’ league-record 324 victories in 1993. He retired following the 1995 season with 347 wins, 173 losses and six ties, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997.

Shula became the only coach to guide an NFL team through a perfect season when the 1972 Dolphins went 17-0.

"We really had a group of guys that were really determined to be winners," Johnson said. "There was individual talent that was there."

Johnson is the only player in football history to play on an undefeated college team and an undefeated professional team.

Forty years after the perfect season, the team had a reunion, and just this past December, for Dolphins players and coaches came back together to celebrate Shula's 90th birthday.

"He was looking good and feeling good," Johnson said. "He knew everybody and still knew details from back in the day."

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said that if there were a Mount Rushmore for the NFL, Don Shula would be chiseled into the granite.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report