After the baby was born, the doctor emerged from the delivery room to tell the father, because that’s how things were done then.
“You didn’t get a fullback you wanted,” the doctor said.
“Aww,” replied Don Shula, who wanted a second son because he and his wife, Dorothy, had three consecutive girls.
The doctor smiled. “But you got a helluva quarterback.”
Fatherhood is a lifetime of surprises, and the latest for the Dolphins’ Hall of Fame coach regarding his second son, who indeed became a quarterback, involves the surprise story of the NFL.