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Mike Shanahan is a highly effective NFL football coach who led John Elway and the Broncos to two consecutive Superbowl wins.
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Even without Elway, Shanahan's Broncos were consistent winners through the late 1990s and early 2000s, enduring only two losing seasons while making the playoffs four times and progressing as far as the AFC Championship Game in 2005.
However, in 2008, after three straight losing seasons,
the Broncos finally decided to part ways with Mike Shanahan. After a one-year hiatus from coaching—his first season away from the game since 1973—Shanahan returned to the NFL in 2010 as head coach of the Washington Redskins.
Mike Shanahan's 148 career wins rank him second among active NFL coaches and 17th in NFL history. Over the course of his long career, Shanahan has coached in eight college bowl games, two NCAA national championships, 10 NFL conference championships, and six Super Bowls. He has developed a reputation as one of the most brilliant and daring offensive strategists in the history of football, as well as one of the most respected and upstanding members of the NFL community.
And after more than a quarter century as an NFL coach, Shanahan insists that coaching football has not gotten any easier—or any less fun. "This is hard profession, it's not easy," he says. "You have to love what you do. This is a game where you compete, but you've got to enjoy yourself."
Mike Shanahan married his wife Peggy in 1977, and they have two children, Krystal and Kyle. Kyle Shanahan is also a football coach, and is currently working directly under his father as the Redskins' offensive coordinator.
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