Character is in the trying
[Scene: High school football locker room]
Coach is looking for you.
He didn’t say.
Thank you. [enters coach’s office] So?
You left the grocery store early. Why?
Go ahead say it. Say what’s on your mind.
These new rules are stupid. The shirt, the tie. Whatever high standards you’re looking for, this ain’t it.
Close that door.
I first met you… you were climbing out of a police car. People said you were a punk. You’d never last on the field. You know they still believe that?”
Screw them. I work hard for everything I have.
I know you do and you ought to be damn proud about that. I am. I’m proud of you. Your team mates are proud of you. It’s about character. It’s about striving to be better than everybody else.
Coach, my dad just got out of prison. He’s staying with me at 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. I’m supposed to be better than this. I’m supposed to be better.
Listen to me. I said you need to strive to be better than everyone else. I didn’t say you needed to be better than everyone else. But you’ve gotta try. That’s what character is. It’s in the trying.
— Friday Night Lights, Season 5, Episode 3: “The Right Hand of the Father,” April 29, 2011