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Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose!

When a beloved series comes to an end, it is an epochal moment. I can think of M*A*S*H, Cheers, Seinfeld and now Friday Night Lights.

Inspired by the book written by H.G. "Buzz" Bissinger (follow him on twitter: @buzzbissinger), then the movie adaptation by Brian Grazer, Peter Berg and David Nevins, Friday Night Lights eventually became a Peabody Award winning television show produced by Peter Berg whose idea of letting the camera follow the actor around to capture real moments gave the show a sense of authenticity that often moved those of us watching it to tears.

Coach Eric Taylor, played by Kyle Chandler, was the mainstay through Friday Night Lights' five-season run that featured stars such as Minka Kelly, Adrianne Palicki, Taylor Kitsch, Michael B. Jordan and my personal favorite, Brad Leland. Coach Taylor's philosophy was centered on the mantra Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose! A profound concept tested again and again on and off the field. From the first…