The speech on the cutting room floor

By Amy Beth Miller

I never watched the Friday Night Lights television show, although I love football and had heard good reviews for it. Listening to a speech that was cut from the show’s finale has convinced me to check out the program on DVD.

As Entertainment Weekly explains, the producers cut Coach Taylor’s farewell speech to his players because it didn’t work well with an image montage. However, they did include it on a DVD of the show’s fifth and final season.

At just over a minute, the speech delivered by actor Kyle Chandler shows some great writing. It gives clear images of aTexas football stadium on a Friday night, from the hot breeze to the sizzle of the hot dogs grilling in the concession stand and the vibration from the bleachers as the crowd roars. And it ends with a one-word punch: “Always.”

Listen to the Friday Night Lights speech, and then tell us about your favorite speech from a television show.

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