Sammy Winslow
LA Thunderbirds Head Coach
Gender: Male
Age: Unknown
Actor: Mykelti Williamson
Family: Unknown
Significant other(s): Unknown
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Brown
Status: Alive
First appearance: Any Given Friday Night at 10pm, 9pm Central
Last appearance: Any Given Friday Night at 10pm, 9pm Central
Sammy Winslow is a retired quarterback turned coach of the Los Angeles Thunderbirds. He was both Shawn and Gus's childhood hero. He appears in "Any Given Friday Night at 10pm, 9pm Central". He is portrayed by Mykelti Williamson.


Any Given Friday Night at 10pm, 9pm CentralEdit

In "Any Given Friday Night at 10pm, 9pm Central", Sammy appears in a flashback at a football game, where young Shawn tells him how he messed up the game. Henry apologizes, but instead Sammy throws Shawn the game ball and smiles at him.

Present day, and Shawn and Gus are investigating the disappearance of kicker Vlad Alexavic at the Thunderdome with the Santa Barbara Police Department. When they see Sammy, they freeze up and refuse to speak. Later, they enter his office, where Shawn demonstrates his "psychic" gift to Sammy, and tells him that he was the kid who he threw the game ball to all those years ago. Sammy is impressed by Shawn's skills, remember's him, and let's Shawn and Gus go undercover as a kicker and an assistant.

When the case is solved, Sammy lets Shawn lead the team out of the tunnel for the next game, thereby fulfilling a dream.


A reference to the 1999 Al Pacino/Cameron Diaz/Jamie Foxx film "Any Given Sunday".