Friday Night Lights is leaving Netflix and no one is okay with it. If you didn’t know this heartbreaking (not fake) news, then I am sorry you had to find out this way. *Moment of silence for those in mourning.*
Since we are all in this together, I feel like we can’t just let this happen and not acknowledge what FNL has meant to all of us. I am writing this letter to give the show, the football team, Dillon, Texas and Coach Taylor the farewell they all deserve.
Dear Friday Night Lights,
How are you doing? No, don’t answer that. I think we all know. And we are with you. As your streaming comes to a heartbreaking end, we (me) would like just say a few words and let you know what you meant to us over the years.
Dillon, Texas. The quaint, Texas town we all wish we lived in. The only parts we ever really saw of you were the flat drives from Coach’s house to Buddy Garrity’s Auto Dealership and the Alamo Freeze to Dillon High School. But, what you gave to us was even better. A team, a family and a small part of Texas we never knew we needed. Texas forever. *cue Explosions In The Sky theme song and tears.*
Riggins, thanks for your hair. Your loyalty to your family and Dillon, Texas. A lone survivor in so many ways.
Jason Street, you really pushed through. No pun intended. QB1 continually showed us to never give up, no matter what happens in life. From becoming paralyzed, to selling cars and losing Lyla. You taught us what it looks like to be a good person. Even when your best friend steals ya girl.
Smash, you son of a gun. I am a fan of you because I was a fan of your momma. She was a great lady. Thanks for all your humbling moments.
Tami, Tami, Tami. Talk about GOALS. I think my dream job is still a high school guidance counselor because of you. You knew how to put Coach in his place, encourage and raise a family. You embodied the goals of a coach’s wife, friend and mom. Thanks for teaching us all how to get through the teams losses, celebrate well and how to put on a smiling face when you really don’t want to. You helped guide Tyra into college and helped me through five years of college. I’ll never be able to say thank you enough for all the times I procrastinated studying to spend quality time with you and your family.
And how can we forget Buddy Garrity? Talk about loyal, that guy. Persistent as they come. You had to really watch the whole series to learn how to love Buddy through the times you really didn’t want to. Buddy showed us tried and true loyalty and what it meant to never give up on a team or a coach. He was always a #1 fan. We all need those kind of (wallets) people on our side and in our Booster Clubs.
Coach Taylor. Where do I even start? This may be the hardest goodbye of them all. From the moment we virtually met, I knew you would hold a special place in my heart. So special that my mom has to remind me how fictional you are. But that’s okay. Although you are now a cop in Miami, your legacy still lives on in our hearts as Coach. The lessons you taught Matt Saracen and those players, you taught us as well. Perseverance, believing in ourselves, resiliency. I am not sure who loves you more, us (me) or Matt’s grandmother. She gets it. We can’t thank you enough for the locker room speeches, the family man you were, the kinda of coach you were. A true builder of men. There are not a lot like you, although Mark Richt and Dabo Swinney may be close behind. There will never be another Coach Taylor.
I know there are so many other people to shoutout. Landry/Lance, QB2, Tim’s brother, Tyra, Applebee’s, Lyla, Julie, and all the characters from Seasons 5 & 6. We don’t forget about you, we just are having a hard time processing the words to really let every single person know how we feel about this loss. You are our Texas forevers.
So, I guess there is only one thing left to say. Clear Eyes, Full Hearts……