Kristan Hoffman - Writing Dreams Into Reality
Thu Oct 24 2013

Moms are the best (Or: A brief scene from Friday Night Lights that brought me to tears)

First, a very relevant shout-out to my mother: Happy birthday, Mom! Thanks for always supporting me in the pursuit of my dreams.

After a series of controversies, Dillon Panthers star running back Smash Williams finds himself without a scholarship. Which means he can’t afford to go to college. Coach Taylor lines up one last opportunity, but Smash isn’t sure he’s going to take it.

Smash: Hey, I’m not going to the walk-on next week.
Mrs. Williams: What?
Smash: Alamo Freeze made me an offer. They want me to be a regional manager. It’s a good job, and I can help you —
Mrs. Williams: Alamo Freeze? Hell no.
Smash: Well look, I decided. And I’m gonna tell Coach tomorrow.
Mrs. Williams: All you’re gonna tell Coach is thank you. After all that man has done for you? He could have lost his job, Brian.
[pause]
Smash: This is not how it was supposed to be. I mean, I was supposed to buy you a house.
Mrs. Williams: I did not have kids to buy me a house. What is wrong with you?
Smash: I’ve done everything right. I’ve done everything I was supposed to do, and it’s still not enough.
Mrs. Williams: And you’re gonna keep doing things right. That’s what makes you a man. The son I raised is a man. So you’re going to that tryout, and you’re going to play like God made you to, and you are going to go to that college.
Smash: What if I don’t take your help?
Mrs. Williams: Oh, you’re gonna take my help. I am your mother. Maybe you’ll get the scholarship, but if you don’t, I am going to help you. You let me be your momma. That is my job.

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4 Comments
  1. Natalia Sylvester (@NataliaSylv) says:
    Thu Oct 24 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Warm and fuzzies all over again!!! I love you for sharing this.

  2. Cynthia Robertson says:
    Fri Oct 25 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Wow, I love those lines. “You let me be your momma. That is my job.”
    Yep.

  3. Kristan says:
    Sat Oct 26 2013 at 4:10 PM

    <3

  4. Jonathan says:
    Sun Oct 27 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Thank you for sharing this!

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