[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/31/art.shula.file.gi.jpg caption="Don Shula endorsed Gov. Charlie Crist on Wednesday."]Washington (CNN) – Florida Gov. Charlie Crist picked up the endorsement of Hall of Fame football coach Don Shula on Wednesday, Crist's Senate campaign announced.
"Governor Crist's conservative policies have kept our taxes low and allowed our businesses to thrive, and he has the character it takes to work first and foremost for his fellow Floridians," the football legend said in a written statement. "Washington needs a leader like Charlie Crist to stand up for Florida in our nation's capital."
Shula is best known for coaching the 1972 Miami Dolphins to a perfect 17-0 record, winning back-to-back Super Bowls, and founding a chain of steakhouses.
Crist faces a stiff challenge in the upcoming Republican senatorial primary from former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio. The two will face-off August 24 for the chance to run in the general election.