Friday Night Lights Speech – Perfection Defined

Friday Night Lights Speech made at halftime

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When thinking about some of the all time greatest sports movies, Friday Night Lights is sure to be top of mind for a lot of people. The Friday Night Lights Speech made by Coach Gaines at halftime teaches us all a very important lesson about perfection. This halftime speech is without a doubt one of the most motivational moments of the entire movie. This Friday Night Lights speech can and will change the way that you think about life and football. Take a moment to listen to his speech. Check out the entire Friday Night Lights movie.

Friday Night Lights Speech Script

“Well it’s real simple: You got two more quarters and that’s it.

Now most of you have been playing this game for ten years. And you got two more quarters and after that most of you will never play this game again as long as you live. Now, you all have known me for a while, and for a long time now you’ve been hearing me talk about being perfect.

Well I want you to understand something. To me, being perfect is not about that scoreboard out there. It’s not about winning. It’s about you and your relationship to yourself and your family and your friends. Being perfect is about being able to look your friends in the eye and know that you didn’t let them down, because you told them the truth. And that truth is that you did everything that you could. There wasn’t one more thing that you could have done.

Can you live in that moment, as best you can, with clear eyes and love in your heart? With joy in your heart? If you can do that gentlemen, then you’re perfect.

I want you to take a moment. And I want you to look each other in the eyes. I want you to put each other in your hearts forever, because forever’s about to happen here in just a few minutes. I want you to close your eyes, and I want you to think about Boobie Miles, who is your brother. And he would die to be out there on that field with you tonight. And I want you to put that in your hearts.

Boys, my heart is full. My heart’s full.” – Coach Gary Gaines

Other Great Quotes from the Friday Night Lights movie

“Stop reading the news clippings. You’re small and you’re going to be smaller every week. There ain’t going to be no growth spurt between now and the first game. You’re going to use your minds! You’re going to play with your heart! And that is what you’re going to use to win the State Championship.” – Coach Gary Gaines


“I’ve seen you fight. I’ve seen you not quit. Can you give me a great effort and just a little bit more. Can you be perfect?” – Coach Gary Gaines

“We’re in the business of winning”. – Coach Gary Gaines


“Gentlemen, the hopes and dreams of an entire town are riding on your shoulders. You may never matter again in your life as much as you do right now.” – Coach Gary Gaines

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