Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler), embodies the ideal high school football coach persona on the television show "Friday Night Lights." He is a husband, father, teacher and mentor, who as his wife says is, "an educator first and a molder of men." Eric coaches the varsity football team of the Dillon Panthers. He contends with the steroid problems of his tailback Smash Williams (Gaius Charles) and the unfortunate paralysis of his quarterback Jason Street (Scott Porter). Eric is often at odds with booster Buddy Garrity (Brad Leland). He is very pressured throughout the entire show because of the publicity involved in coaching the "best team in Texas." He also has two girls to look after, Gracie (unknown) and Julie (Aimee Teegarden). Julie is a high schooler and has a very healthy relationship with her father including regular family arguments. Eric and his wife Tami (Connie Britton) argue over lifestyles and parenting. Their relationship is often strained due to their disagreements but they are still a loving couple.
Throughout the show, Eric goes from being the questionable coach at West Dillon High to coaching at the less hopeful and reopened high school at East Dillon. The show revolves around his life and ultimately the players he coaches. He has a few young men in whom he believes and invests time in, most prominently Matt Saracen (Zach Gilford) to whom he acts like a surrogate father and Vince Howard (Michael B. Jordan), a misanthropic delinquent who joins the football team at the new high school rather than go to prison. The highlights of Eric's life on "Friday Night Lights" include winning the Texas High School Football State Championship, the birth of his daughter Gracie and his transfer to the dilapidated East Dillon High School. Eric shows tremendous ability in coaching and recognizing talent. He bonds with Matt Saracen as he shapes him up to start as quarterback. He later assigns this position to McCoy (Jeremy Sumpter) which brings about resentment from Matt. In the last game of the season Saracen plays in McCoy's stead. Eric loses his job as coach at West Dillon and is assigned to East Dillon High, where he starts building a team from scratch.
In all his coaching, mentoring and parenting, Eric Taylor instills confidence and inspiration in his fellow characters on the show. No matter what the obstacle, he pushes for what is right and good for people. He makes believers and players.
"They all got their perps, why can't we get ours?"
"I wanna get you on a college team so I don't have to see your ugly face down at the Alamo Freeze anymore."
"What makes him a man, is that in the midst of that battle, he does not lose himself. This game is not over. This battle is not over."
"I don't think we can beat the Dillon Panthers...I know damn well we can beat the Dillon Panthers. The question is do YOU think we can beat the Dillon Panthers? THEN SHOW ME."