Friday Night Lights has not been cited as a majority favorite or classic by anybody I have interacted with, but in my mind based solely on the phrase titling this post it has immense merit. Coach Taylor embodies the articulate morality behind commitment- to a team, to a family, to friends, and to yourself. I only viewed season one and part of season two (from what I hear the show goes downhill after- perhaps I’ll explore this for myself one day) but the seasons inspired me to embrace certain responsibilities and strive harder to achieve goals I care about.
The phrase “clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose” is chanted by the Dillon Panthers as they get pumped for the game. I took away the sense of viewing any situation with knowledge and accepting the self-evident emotions within your heart as ultimate prerequisites to gaining victory in any situation, not just football. It’s the core applicability of the phrase and the motivational discipline demonstrated by the players, coaches, friends and families in FNL that leave you feeling inspired- a feeling which is difficult to duplicate in real life.