TV Coach Taylor’s Best Advice from Friday Night Lights  

Kellen Perry
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Critics were quick to note that Friday Night Lights was about a whole lot more than just high school football. The painfully realistic hit drama was also about small town politics, marriage, parenthood, race, friendship, and much more. But the thread that held the show together across five seasons was Coach Eric Taylor and his endless fount of genuinely inspiring wisdom. Taylor's advice to his players, wife, daughter, and friends was always the perfect blend of tough love and compassion. Here's a look at the best Eric Taylor quotes from all five seasons of FNL.
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Boys Only Think About Food and Sex


Boys Only Think About Food and... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Coach Taylor’s Best Advice from Friday Night Lights
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"If you're wondering if a boy is thinking about you, he's not. He's thinking about sex or he's hungry. Those are the only two options."

Coach Taylor rarely minced words with his daughter, Julie, especially where boys were concerned. His many years in locker rooms with rowdy teenage boys taught him that, by and large, teenage boys are just barely more than single-minded in their pursuits.
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Winning Isn't Everything


Winning Isn't Everything is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Coach Taylor’s Best Advice from Friday Night Lights
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“Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.”

Coach Taylor's famous mantra was more than just an empty pep talk catchphrase. He led his players onto the field with a battle cry that let them know that if they have a clear conscience and good intentions, they will always be winners in life, even if the scoreboard says otherwise.
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Character = Not Giving Up


Character = Not Giving Up is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Coach Taylor’s Best Advice from Friday Night Lights
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"Listen to me, I said you need to strive to be better. 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 trying."

East Dillon's QB Vince was going through a very tough time when Coach doled out this bit of much-needed wisdom. Vince's dad just got out of prison, and Vince's mom wanted Vince to forgive him and "be better." The trouble? Vince says: "He never taught me how to be better. He’s not around." Coach is simply asking Vince to try.
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To Thine Own Self Be True


To Thine Own Self Be True is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Coach Taylor’s Best Advice from Friday Night Lights
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"You listen to people that love you and you listen to people that you trust. Most of all, you listen to yourself."

This advice to Smash Williams echoes Hamlet's Polonius and his famous admonishment, "This above all: to thine own self be true." Taylor is telling Williams to not only listen to his wise (and always awesome) mama, but also to listen to his heart and to do what he knows is right.