By: Dez Wortham
Friday I decided to watch Friday Night Lights, one of my favorite sports movies. This movie hits home for me for a few reasons. The first reason being that I am a Texas native so anything about Texas high school football automatically gets my attention. This movie portrays a lifestyle that many don’t believe it to be true, but it is oh so real. In some of the smaller towns, the entire town shuts down on Friday nights just as the movie portrays.
Another Reason why this movie is a personal favorite is the Boobie Miles story. If you haven’t seen the movie, Boobie is the star player on the team and has scholarship offers from all over the country. Mid-way through his amazing senior year Boobie blows his knee out, and loses all of his scholarships. Boobie is never able to play again and doesn’t know what to fall back on because the only thing he did and cared about in life was football. This blowing his knee out and losing scholarships is all too familiar since I too faced a potentially career ending injury my senior year.
The great thing about his movie though is that when Boobie goes down the team doesn’t fall apart but yet they grow closer and even get better. The guys step up and start taking on bigger roles. For someone who respects what team sports does for personality and confidence this movie is it. Despite this movie being based on a true story the bond and brotherhood makes you see the greatness in sports. If anyone thinks that the show does justice about Texas high school football you are very mistaken. To truly understand Texas high school football and why it is in a category of its own, you must watch the movie rather than the show.