Friday Night Lights

Boobie Miles Character Analysis

A talented African American running back on the Permian squad with dreams of playing Division I college football, Boobie injures his knee in a preseason scrimmage and must sit out much of the season. When he returns, midway through the Panthers’ campaign, he finds that he runs “tentatively,” and is effectively benched in favor of junior Chris Comer, who is having a breakout year. The white coaches of the team often think that Miles is too self-centered, and not tough enough. Miles eventually quits the team to get season-ending knee surgery and, out of frustration with his uncle LV, moves out of the home they share for a time, before returning and playing football for a local two-year junior college. He never achieves the level of play he once expected.

Boobie Miles Quotes in Friday Night Lights

The Friday Night Lights quotes below are all either spoken by Boobie Miles or refer to Boobie Miles. 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 numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Perseus edition of Friday Night Lights published in 1990.
Prologue Quotes

Boobie stood in the corner of the darkened room with his arms folded . . . ‘I quit, coach, they got a good season goin’.’

Related Characters: Boobie Miles (speaker), Nate Hearne
Page Number: 17
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Chapter 3: Boobie Quotes

My last year . . . I want to win State. You get your picture took and a lot of college people look at you. When you get old, you say, you know, I went to State in nineteen eighty-eight.

Related Characters: Boobie Miles (speaker)
Page Number: 59
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I won’t be able to play college football, man . . . It’s real important. It’s all I ever wanted to do. I want to make it in the pros . . . .

Related Characters: Boobie Miles (speaker), Trapper
Page Number: 63
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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
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Boobie Miles Character Timeline in Friday Night Lights

The timeline below shows where the character Boobie Miles appears in Friday Night Lights. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Prologue
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...for the 1988 season and hope to make the state tournament. The book begins as Boobie Miles, a running back for Permian, thinks about his previous game against Cooper High, and... (full context)
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The narrator—the author, Buzz Bissinger—repeats that Boobie “feels good” as he goes through the preparations before the Midland Lee game. He can... (full context)
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...trading touchdowns early. A talented running back named Chris Comer scores early for Permian, and Boobie, who is still on the bench, becomes upset that another player has stolen his position—and... (full context)
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Nate Hearne, an African American assistant coach for the Panthers, tries to convince Boobie, who is also black, to remain on the team, for his teammates. The other coaches,... (full context)
Chapter 2: The Watermelon Feed
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...Although some players, like Winchell, seem uncomfortable in the spotlight of the Feed, others, like Boobie, soak in the applause of the fans. Boobie seems excited to pick up at running... (full context)
Chapter 3: Boobie
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Boobie prepares for the first scrimmage of the ’88 season, two days after the Watermelon Feed.... (full context)
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During the first scrimmage of ’88, however, against a high school called Palo Duro, Boobie gets his toe caught in the artificial turf, and a Palo Duro player falls on... (full context)
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...switches to a narrative of LV’s upbringing, in Crane, Texas. LV has become invested in Boobie’s football career in part because LV himself was not able to play football at Bethune... (full context)
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LV himself admits that he displaced his dream of a football career onto his nephew Boobie, whom he rescued from foster care in the Houston area when Boobie was five. Boobie’s... (full context)
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Boobie, as Bissinger explains, is “classified as a learning disabled” student at Permian High. Boobie struggles... (full context)
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After the Palo Duro scrimmage, Boobie is told that he only has a seriously sprained, rather than torn, ligament in his... (full context)
Chapter 4: Dreaming of Heroes
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...Comer has several impressive runs, piquing the coaches’ interest, especially after the devastating knee injury Boobie has suffered. Don tells Bissinger after the game that he is frustrated another black player... (full context)
Chapter 7: School Days
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...reverse this trend, but does not seem especially hopeful that much will change. Bissinger shadows Boobie one day in school, and notes that many of Boobie’s classes are taken far below... (full context)
Chapter 10: Boobie Who?
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Bissinger returns to Boobie Miles, who, since that first scrimmage of the season, has been rehabbing his knee injury,... (full context)
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Boobie does eventually get some playing time the following week against Abilene, a team that, in... (full context)
Chapter 13: Heads or Tails
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Bissinger describes Boobie’s remainder of the season. After the last regular-season game, Boobie officially quits the team—he says... (full context)
Chapter 16: Field of Dreams
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...Crow, former Permian standout, is watching the game nervously, as is Gaines’ wife Sharon, and Boobie, in the stands, where he wonders whether he made the right decision leaving the team.... (full context)
Epilogue
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...his dreams of being a preacher 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... (full context)