Shula’s Dolphins were a dynasty in the early 1970s and a playoff staple. The Raiders were also an AFC powerhouse for much of Shula’s time in Miami and the two teams had some classic battles.
The Raiders sent out this statement as an organization on the passing of Shula:
The Raiders also released a statement from former coach John Madden, who like Shula, is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame:
From one legendary coach to another.— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) May 4, 2020
Coach Madden remembers the great Don Shula. pic.twitter.com/CLwSrP1Ozf
Shula and Madden coached in a golden era of the NFL. Clearly, respect and friendship means a lot in this game.
These heartfelt gestures by the Raiders make it clear that they have great memories of the NFL legend. As pointed out below, the Raiders and the Shula had some epic matchups.
#Raiders had rich history vs Shula's teams, snapping Miami's 18-game win streak in 1973, losing AFC title game that season and ending Dolphins run for three-peat in "Sea of Hands" game in 1974 playoffs. Raiders' 11-6 overall record vs Shula was best winning pct for any franchise— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) May 4, 2020
Rest in peace, Mr. Shula.