Don Shula certainly wasn't a fan of Patriots head coach Bill Belichick

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There might be a meat shortage in the U.S., but there's plenty of beef here.

Legendary NFL head coach Don Shula died Monday at the age of 90. The NFL world would pay its respects to the winningest NFL coach, who would be enshrined in Canton in 1997.

But as much respect as Shula earned, there apparently wasn't a lot between he and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. In an interview on CBS Sports Radio's "The DA Show" with Damon Amendolara, former Dolphins great and Shula product Dick Anderson shared that Shula didn't have much love for the Pats' head man.

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"He called Belichick, 'Beli-cheat," Anderson said. "He was straightforward. He was, 'This is how we have to do it, and these are the rules, and this is what we're going to follow.' He didn't like, I think, the people that didn't follow the rules, and he did."

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It's not necessarily a new nickname, with Shula quoted as using "Beli-cheat" in 2015 in a story penned by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. But it's nice to see that Shula was as consistent with it as a Facebook commentor would be.

Along with the nickname, Shula also one-ups Belichick with having the only undefeated season in NFL history, with the 1972 Dolphins going a perfect 14-0. The Tom Brady-Belichick Pats would come close in 2007, going 18-0 before losing in the Super Bowl to this guy.

Shula may have passed on, but much like his legend, his disdain for Beli-cheat — sorry, Belichick — will live on forever.

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