Sammy Winder
Winder playing for the Broncos in 1984
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Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1959-07-15) July 15, 1959 (age 61)
Place of birth: Madison, Mississippi
Career information
College: Southern Mississippi
NFL Draft: 1982 / Round: 5 / Pick: 131
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Denver Broncos ( 1982 1990)
Career highlights and awards
* 2× Pro Bowl (1984, 1986)
Rushing yards     5,427
Rushing average     3.6
Rushing TDs     39
Stats at

Sammy Winder (born July 15, 1959) is a former professional American football running back who spent his entire professional career playing for the Denver Broncos, from 1982 to 1990. The son of a farmer, Winder played his high school football at Madison-Ridgeland High School in his hometown of Madison, Mississippi. Winder later played his collegiate football at The University of Southern Mississippi.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Winder was a two-time Pro Bowl selection (1984 and 1986), and was a key reason the Broncos appeared in three Super Bowls in the 1980s (falling to the New York Giants, Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers). In his nine seasons, Winder rushed for 5,427 yards and 39 touchdowns, while also catching 197 passes for 1,302 yards and 9 touchdowns. He was known for a signature touchdown celebration he called the 'Mississippi Mud Walk'. During his final two seasons, Winder was demoted to the second running back on the depth chart behind Bobby Humphrey, the Broncos 1989 supplemental draft pick out of the University of Alabama.

After NFL careerEdit

Winder is now in the construction business. He owns and runs his own company, Winder Construction, which he started while still playing for the Denver Broncos in 1987.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. John W. Cox; Gregg Bennett (1 October 2004). Rock Solid: Southern Miss Football. Univ. Press of Mississippi. pp. 175–. ISBN 978-1-57806-709-1. Retrieved 26 April 2013.
  2. Ex-Broncos Find Greener Pastures Script error
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