Friday Night Lights

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Boobie Miles’ uncle, LV, dreamed of being a football player as a young man, but could not because his segregated high school did not have a team. LV, by his own admission, invests a great deal of time and energy into training Boobie to be a better running back, and to have a career in football in college. LV and Boobie have a fight during 1989, causing Boobie to leave home, but the two, as Bissinger notes, eventually reconcile when Boobie goes off to play in junior college.

LV Quotes in Friday Night Lights

The Friday Night Lights quotes below are all either spoken by LV or refer to LV. 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 10: Boobie Who? Quotes

For LV, watching Boobie play against Abilene had been harrowing. On every play he couldn’t help but worry that his nephew would do further damage to his knee, even though the brace did provide good protection. He saw the emotional effect the injury was having on Boobie—the prolonged periods of depression as one Friday night after another just came and went.

Related Characters: Buzz Bissinger (speaker), Boobie Miles, LV
Page Number: 215
Explanation and Analysis:

LV understands that football, and then the lack of football, have severe emotional effects on Boobie. Boobie was immensely successful at a very young age, and was injured according to a stroke of bad luck—there was nothing he could do to prevent the tearing of his ACL. The depression Boobie feels, severe as it is, is an indicator of what awaits, in some form,for  many Permian players after their high-school football days are over. This is the boom-bust of the high-school star's career. First there is great acclaim, and the power of the "Friday Night Lights." But later there is an entire life to live, and very little direction as to how to live it.

After Boobie has been injured, LV recognizes that perhaps it was not the best policy for him, and for Boobie, to place so much emphasis on a college and pro career in football. But their gamble is an understandable one, as football provides a way out of relative poverty for so many in the Odessa community (and particularly for young black men). 

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LV Character Timeline in Friday Night Lights

The timeline below shows where the character LV appears in Friday Night Lights. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3: Boobie
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Race and Racial Divisions Theme Icon
Wealth, Poverty, and the Boom-Bust Cycle Theme Icon
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Winning, Losing, and a Purpose in Life Theme Icon
...including Winchell and Jerrod McDougal, say he’s “the best player they’ve ever seen.” Boobie’s uncle, LV, acts as Boobie’s father figure and mentor, and is deeply invested in Boobie’s success on... (full context)
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Wealth, Poverty, and the Boom-Bust Cycle Theme Icon
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Winning, Losing, and a Purpose in Life Theme Icon
Bissinger switches to a narrative of LV’s upbringing, in Crane, Texas. LV has become invested in Boobie’s football career in part because... (full context)
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Wealth, Poverty, and the Boom-Bust Cycle Theme Icon
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Winning, Losing, and a Purpose in Life Theme Icon
LV himself admits that he displaced his dream of a football career onto his nephew Boobie,... (full context)
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Race and Racial Divisions Theme Icon
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Winning, Losing, and a Purpose in Life Theme Icon
...has difficulty maintaining the minimum academic standard for admissions to a Division 1 football university. LV believes that Boobie will receive special dispensation, called Proposition 48, which will allow Boobie to... (full context)
Chapter 10: Boobie Who?
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Race and Racial Divisions Theme Icon
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Winning, Losing, and a Purpose in Life Theme Icon
...appears “tentative” on his rehabbed knee, unable to twist and turn as convincingly as before. LV, in the stands, wonders aloud to Bissinger whether it’s OK to have Boobie playing so... (full context)
Chapter 13: Heads or Tails
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Wealth, Poverty, and the Boom-Bust Cycle Theme Icon
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...longer perform. The stress of leaving the team causes Boobie to fight with his uncle LV, and to leave the house to go off and live elsewhere in Odessa. LV is... (full context)
Epilogue
Football Theme Icon
Race and Racial Divisions Theme Icon
Wealth, Poverty, and the Boom-Bust Cycle Theme Icon
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Winning, Losing, and a Purpose in Life Theme Icon
...seem largely to be put on the back burner. Boobie reconciles somewhat with his uncle LV, and plays for a junior college, though his knee injury keeps him from being as... (full context)