Friday Night Lights

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The valedictorian of his class, Brian Chavez is also a strong and methodical defensive end for Permian. Chavez, unlike many of the other players, has clear plans after high school: he wants to go to Harvard, which he does, and from which he graduates (without playing college football). Chavez, as Bissinger notes, later becomes a lawyer back in West Texas, like his father, Tony.

Brian Chavez Quotes in Friday Night Lights

The Friday Night Lights quotes below are all either spoken by Brian Chavez or refer to Brian Chavez. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Perseus edition of Friday Night Lights published in 1990.
Chapter 9: Friday Night Politics Quotes

When Tony was Brian’s age, the thought of college, any college, was as funny as it was ridiculous. Just getting through high school was miracle enough, and the way Tony and most other kids from South El Paso looked at it, everything after that in life was gravy, a gift.

Related Characters: Buzz Bissinger (speaker), Brian Chavez, Tony Chavez
Page Number: 191
Explanation and Analysis:

Tony, Brian's father, grew up in relative poverty near El Paso, Texas. For him, as Bissinger relates, education was something largely reserved for white families. Tony had to work extra hard merely to find for himself the opportunities that might have been readily available to—and indeed ignored by—white families living nearby. This makes Tony's rise in life and his ability to provide for Brian all the more extraordinary, coming as it does in the face of significant obstacles.

Brian is motivated by his father's experiences, and has a slightly different attitude toward the game of football than do others on the team. Brian knows, in short, that Permian football is not forever. He understands the importance of an education that moves beyond the boom-bust lifestyle of Odessa and Texas more broadly. He sees that a life of hard work might not be as glorious as a life of professional football, but it is also a dream more readily realizable and more stable. 

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Brian Chavez Character Timeline in Friday Night Lights

The timeline below shows where the character Brian Chavez appears in Friday Night Lights. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Prologue
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...play as hard as possible, for themselves and for their teammates. Bissinger also introduces Brian Chavez, a talented defensive player who loves to hit his opponents, and who has dreams of... (full context)
Chapter 7: School Days
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...food chain—and planning for marriage and domestic responsibilities. Bissinger finds a couple students, including Brian Chavez (who is on the football team) who are serious about their schoolwork, but in general,... (full context)
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Bissinger follows Brian Chavez around the school, and finds that he performs well in class—he is a diligent student,... (full context)
Chapter 9: Friday Night Politics
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Bissinger sits with Brian Chavez’s father, Tony, during the Panthers’ next game, against Midland High (not to be confused with... (full context)
Chapter 11: Sisters
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...Gaines demands that same toughness of his players against Midland Lee. Bissinger notes that Brian Chavez, and some of the other players, detect a real fear in Gaines’ voice as he... (full context)
Chapter 12: Civil War
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...players are devastated. Winchell worries that he has lost the game for his team, and Chavez and McDougal are nearly beside themselves with sadness. Sharon Gaines, Gary Gaines’ wife, tries to... (full context)
Chapter 16: Field of Dreams
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...the ride back to Odessa, and afterward, the Panthers are devastated: many, like McDougal and Chavez, cry bitterly, knowing that their seasons and high-school football lives are over. Gaines thanks the... (full context)
Epilogue
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Some of the Permian players have better luck. Chavez is accepted to Harvard, where he does not play varsity football but continues his studies.... (full context)