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Eric Taylor (Character)
from "Friday Night Lights" (2006)

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"Friday Night Lights: Black Eyes and Broken Hearts (#1.16)" (2007)
Eric Taylor: This is not who we are. This is not what we represent. I don't teach that crap. These coaches don't teach that crap. Y'all are going to take responsibility for your actions, I guarantee you.
Tim Riggins: Does that mean we are done or out of the playoffs?
Eric Taylor: UIL considers three full quarters a complete game. We are ahead at that time, so we get the win. But that is no damn reason for celebration. So wipe those smiles off your faces, dammit! What I want you to do right now is I want you to gather up your gear. There is no changing. Go get on the bus. We're getting the hell out of here! Let's go right now!

"Friday Night Lights: Every Rose Has Its Thorn (#3.5)" (2008)
[Coach Taylor sees Matt taking frustration out on some equipment]
Eric Taylor: What the hell are you doing?
Matt Saracen: I do whatever you ask me to. I helped you win the State Championship. I got you to 3 and 1 this season. I work my ass off at practice. I do everything that you say. If it's cause J.D. is better than me, tell me that.
Eric Taylor: My job is to field a team out there that wins games. Right now, that means J.D. McCoy, yes.
Matt Saracen: Then I quit.
Eric Taylor: You're not quitting this team. I'm not gonna let you quit. I know you. You quit this team, you're gonna hate yourself. You wanna be pissed? Fine, go ahead. You be pissed I don't give a damn. But you're not quitting this team.
Matt Saracen: Fine, I'll sit on your bench. I'll come to practice and I'll do whatever you tell me to do. But I'm gonna hate it. And you're gonna hate it. Good talk, Coach.

"Friday Night Lights: Game of the Week (#3.9)" (2008)
Eric Taylor: Wha- what? Gracie's tryin' to tell me something.
[Puts face close to stuffed bear's face]
Eric Taylor: Gracie and Mr. Bear informed me that someone's birthday's coming up.

"Friday Night Lights: Last Days of Summer (#2.1)" (2007)
Eric Taylor: Don't just stand by and watch it happen.

"Friday Night Lights: Nevermind (#1.11)" (2007)
Mac McGill: [seeing Landry reading to Tim while he's lifting] What the hell is Riggins doing?
Eric Taylor: [Annoyed] Studying.

"Friday Night Lights: I Think We Should Have Sex (#1.17)" (2007)
Eric Taylor: [after finding out his daughter may be planning to have sex] 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.

"Friday Night Lights: Who's Your Daddy (#1.4)" (2006)
Eric Taylor: I think I told that kid to get our daughter in the back seat of a car.

"Friday Night Lights: The Right Hand of the Father (#5.3)" (2010)
Eric Taylor: I first met you, you were climbing out of a police car. People said you were a punk, you'd never last in the field. You know they still believe that?
Vince Howard: Screw them. I work hard for everything I've got!
Eric Taylor: I know you do and you ought to be damned proud about that. I am. I'm proud of you. Your teammates are proud of you. It's about character. It's about striving to be better than everybody else.
Vince Howard: Coach, my dad just got out of prison. He's staying with me in my house... and I can't stand him. My mom, she asked me to forgive him. To be 'better'. And you're asking me to be 'better'. I don't know how to be 'better' because he never taught me how! He never taught me how to be 'better'! He's not around!
Coach Spivey: [Opens the door in the commotion] Hey coach we alright?
Vince Howard: And I'm supposed to be 'better' than them? I'm supposed to be 'better'?
Eric Taylor: It's fine coach. Close that door. 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.

"Friday Night Lights: Pilot (#1.1)" (2006)
[last lines]
Eric Taylor: [voiceover] Give all of us gathered here tonight the strength to remember that 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 when it is taken from us, we will be tested. We will be tested to our very souls. We will now all be tested. It is these times, it is this pain, that allows us to look inside ourselves.

"Friday Night Lights: Always (#5.13)" (2011)
Eric Taylor: You may never know how proud I am of you.
Vince Howard: You've changed my life, coach.

"Friday Night Lights: It Ain't Easy Being J.D. McCoy (#3.6)" (2008)
Eric Taylor: You fell for the naked mile. Take it to your team there and put some clothes on, I'll give you a ride home.
J.D. McCoy: Please don't tell my dad, okay?
Eric Taylor: Son, I wouldn't dream of it.

"Friday Night Lights: It's Different for Girls (#1.10)" (2006)
Coach Eric Taylor: [after having Matt Saracen leave his home] They had a blanket.
Tami Taylor: You're an idiot.