28 Nuggets of Wisdom From Life’s Greatest Motivator, Coach Eric Taylor

Friday Night Lights
“Are we not clear that in five days a group of men will be coming down here to destroy you? Is that… is that not clear?”
“We did think about you… Austin’s an arty kind of town … you’re arty?”
“All the other parents have picked up their perps, why can’t we pick up ours?”
“At least she’s not interested in some serial killer… or one of the Riggins’.”
“Boys think about sex every single minute of the day. That’s what they do, that’s why they lie”


“Don’t whisper yell at me. Don’t whisper yell at me, please”
“Don’t just stand by and watch it happen.”
“You know why I’m not going to have a smoothie, Charles? Because I don’t feel like I deserve a smoothie. Does anybody else out here feel like you deserve a smoothie?”
“I found out that separation anxiety is completely normal. We get over it. I also found out that certain studies suggest that children who go to daycare, actually, it helps them socialize. In years to come, it turns out that daycare screwed her up, she’s always got you for counseling.”
“…there’s a joy to this game, is there not? There’s a passion, there’s a reason why we’re all out here. Other than the fact the pride that it gives us and the respect that it demands we love to play the game so let’s go out there and have fun tonight.”


“Alright, listen up. I’m supposed to give you some fatherly and wise advice at this time in your life. Listen up, if you’re wondering if a boy’s thinking about you, he’s not. He’s thinking about sex, or he’s hungry: those are the only two options.”
“Because tomorrow, if you give 100% of yourself tonight people are going to look at you differently. People are going to think of you differently. And I promise you you’re going look and think differently about yourself.”
“I think I just told that kid to get our daughter in the backseat of a car.”


“Every man at some point in his life is going to lose a battle. He is going to fight and he is going to lose. But what makes him a man is at the midst of that battle he does not lose himself. This game is not over, this battle is not over.”
“Listen to me. I said you need to strive to better than everyone else. I didn’t say you needed to be better than everyone else. But you gotta try. That’s what character is. It’s in the try.”
“You may never know how proud I am of you.”
“You did tell her that if he touches one hair on her we’re sending her to a nunnery in Rome, and I would rip his head off.”
“A few will never give up on you. When you go back out on the field, those are the people I want in your minds. Those are the people I want in your hearts.”
“What does this have to do with me? I’m your father, that’s what it has to do with me.”
“6 a.m. sharp means a quarter to six.”


“Well you live in Texas now. You love the game of football. You just don’t know it yet.”
“Girls in locker rooms is a bad idea.”
“Let me tell you something, it’s every coach’s dream to experience the highest level of idiocy that his team can muster and gentlemen, collectively us coaches, we are living a dream.”
“Y’all wanna go after someone? Go after me, don’t go after my players.”
“Because Hastings, just like in real life there’s still rules on this team. Unlike real life? Nobody’s above the rules on this field.”
“You can’t beat yourself up because you’re taking chances on things.”
“We will all at some time in our lives, fall. Life is so very fragile, we are all vulnerable, and we will all at some point in our lives, fall, we will all fall.
We must carry this in our hearts, that what we have is special, that it can be taken from us, and that when it is taken from us, we will be tested. We will be tested to our very souls. We will all be tested.
It is these times, it is this pain, that allows us to look inside ourselves.”
“Clear Eyes, Full Hearts…ehh we’ll deal with that later.”

images – Friday Night Lights

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