Mike Shula (‘83) – Football
Mike Shula orchestrated the greatest, most memorable – and, yes, wackiest – play in the history of Columbus High football.
The play occurred in 1982 in the state semifinal against Vero Beach High. In overtime and thinking it was 4th down, Mike Shula intentionally fumbled a ball into the end zone. The ball was recovered by Tim Plummer and it turned out to be winning touchdown. But the funny thing is, the play never should have happened. You see, Mike Shula thought it was 4th down and therefore fumbled in desperation. He had forgotten that a pass interference play on the previous play had given the Explorers a first down.
It was a big win for the Explorers who went on to play for the state championship the next week. Three of the players on that 1982 team are already in the school hall of fame. Mike was named first team All-County and first team All-state that season. He also played basketball at Columbus and was named the school’s Scholar Athlete for 1983.
Mike went on to play at the University of Alabama where he was a three-year starter. After one–year as a player with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Mike became an NFL assistant coach.
Today, Mike is the quarterback coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. In all, he has coached football for 21 years including stops in Tampa Bay, Chicago and Miami. And of course, Mike was also the head coach at the University of Alabama.
Mike and his wife Shari have three daughters and they live in Jacksonville