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"You're going to win, or you're going to lose. Either way, the sun's going to come up tomorrow."
- to Eric in Underdogs

Tami Taylor (portrayed by Connie Britton) is a main character on the Friday Night Lights television series. Tami is currently the dean of admissions at Braemore College in Philadelphia. She was previously the guidance counselor at Dillon High School. Tami is the wife of Eric Taylor and mother of Julie Taylor and Gracie Belle Taylor.

Personality and Traits[]

Tami Taylor prides herself on her ability to listen and connect to the children she works with. What she has done both as a principal and counselor is a testament to her amazing compassion and open-heartedness. She occasionally makes emotionally impulsive decisions, but is always first to admit her mistakes. Tami often acts as a sounding board for her husband and provides an ear and thoughtful advice for many of the young women in Dillon, especially Tyra, Lyla, and her daughter Julie.



Main article: Tami's Relationships

Eric Taylor[]

They have a strong relationship, and while they get into fights, they always find a way to resolved them. It is stated they married in their early twenties, and that he was the reason that she got back on track in school.

Julie Taylor[]

She did not approve of her daughter's friendship with the rebellious, older Tyra Collette at first, but began to accept it when she felt guilty for treating Tyra so badly. Tami also became a surprise mentor to Tyra, giving her confidence to succeed in life and go on to college. As for her daughter's relationship with Matt Saracen, Tami was a lot more reasonable than her better half, who coaches Saracen (the quarterback) on the field. But she, too, expressed great disapproval at the thought of her daughter starting a sexual relationship so young. Both mother and daughter struggled to deal with each other when Gracie was born, as Julie didn't want anything to do with her new baby sister or help her mother out.

Gracie Bell Taylor[]

Gracie Belle was born in summer 2007. Tami often calls her "sweet girl."

Shelley Hayes[]



Season 1
Pilot Debut
Eyes Wide Open Appears
Wind Sprints Appears
Who's Your Daddy? Appears
Git'er Done Appears
El Accidente Appears
Homecoming Appears
Crossing the Line Appears
Full Hearts Appears
It's Different for Girls Appears
Nevermind Appears
What to Do While You're Waiting Appears
Little Girl I Wanna Marry You Appears
Upping the Ante Appears
Blinders Appears
Black Eyes and Broken Hearts Appears
I Think We Should Have Sex Appears
Extended Families Appears
Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes Appears
Mud Bowl Appears
Best Laid Plans Appears
State Appears
Season 2
Last Days of Summer Appears
Bad Ideas Appears
Are You Ready for Friday Night? Appears
Backfire Appears
Let's Get It On Appears
How Did I Get Here? Appears
Pantherama! Appears
Seeing Other People Appears
The Confession Appears
There Goes the Neighborhood Appears
Jumping the Gun Appears
Who Do You Think You Are? Appears
Humble Pie Appears
Leave No One Behind Appears
May the Best Man Win Appears
Season 3
I Knew You When Appears
Tami Knows Best Appears
How the Other Half Lives Appears
Hello, Goodbye Appears
Every Rose Has Its Thorn Appears
It Ain't Easy Being J.D. McCoy Appears
Keeping Up Appearances Appears
New York, New York Appears
Game of the Week Appears
The Giving Tree Appears
A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall Appears
Underdogs Appears
Tomorrow Blues Appears
Season 4
East of Dillon Appears
After the Fall Appears
In the Skin of a Lion Appears
A Sort of Homecoming Appears
The Son Appears
Stay Appears
In the Bag Appears
Toilet Bowl Appears
The Lights in Carroll Park Appears
I Can't Appears
Injury List Appears
Laboring Appears
Thanksgiving Appears
Season 5
Expectations Appears
On the Outside Looking In Appears
The Right Hand of the Father Appears
Keep Looking Appears
Kingdom Appears
Swerve Appears
Perfect Record Appears
Fracture Appears
Gut Check Appears
Don't Go Appears
The March Appears
Texas Whatever Appears
Always Final


Season 1[]

With the promotion of her husband to head coach of the Dillon High football team, Tami and her family are now included in the "social elite" of Dillon. Not content with being a trophy wife and attending "book clubs", she accepts the guidance counselor position at the school. As guidance counselor, she deals with student problems from academic ineligibility to the insecurities of a rally girl and her "responsibilities" to her Panther. Through it all, Tami remained a devoted wife and mother. She is also her husband's sounding board for difficult decisions; and as the team prepares for State, she is the anchor and stabilizer of the team's anchor and stabilizer.

With the state championship game fast approaching, Tami received news that she is expecting. This brought up a serious question for her and her husband, as they had to reconsider separating their family as they had originally decided.

Season 2[]

As the baby gets closer and closer to being due, Eric's absence took an increasing toll on Tami, who got little help from adrift daughter Julie. After the birth of Gracie Belle, Eric decides to resign from his position at TMU and return to Dillon. With their family together again, Tami looked towards returning to work, but had issues with separation from Gracie Belle. This led to an overextended visit from her sister Shelley Hayes.

3 weeks before the playoffs began, Tami's ex-boyfriend Mo McArnold arrives in Dillon for real estate business and a hospital opening. This leads to a drunken stand-off between Eric and Mo over some bad history, with Eric justifying to Julie as, "I was defending your momma's honor."

Season 3[]

Tami began the 2008-2009 school year as principal of Dillon High. She was immediately bombarded with budgeting issues, issues that extend throughout the school year. She did an admirable job changing the "football first" attitude at Dillon, much to the chagrin of the boosters and Buddy Garrity, but earned the respect of her colleagues, even earning Dillon High recognition as a "National Blue Ribbon School." Tami was also an integral part of Tyra Collete's acceptance into UT as well as rectifying the division between Buddy and his daughter Lyla Garrity and helping her attend Vanderbilt.

Upset with the boosters for shelling out money for a gratuitous Jumbo-Tron when school facilities need desperate financial help, Tami redirects the funds for the Jumbo-Tron to academics. This does not go over well the boosters or Mayor Rodell.

Season 4[]

Tami is forced to redistrict the students of Dillon to their proper schools, including star Panthers running back Luke Cafferty after it is discovered that he had been using a phony address to attend West Dillon High. This makes her extremely unpopular with Panthers fans, as it is perceived that she gave Eric a gift over at East Dillon. She is asked by <nowiki><nowiki>[[Tim Riggins]] to counsel [[Becky Sproles]]</nowiki></nowiki> when Becky gets pregnant. This leads to Luke Cafferty's mom becoming infuriated when Becky chooses to get an abortion and ends up getting Tami to resign as West Dillon principal to become East Dillon counselor.

Season 5[]

Tami becomes the counselor for East Dillon High. At first, she is not well-received by her co-workers as they see her as pushy. However, she begins to make connections with her peers. She learns of a troublemaker named Epyck Sanders and seeks to turn her life around, just as she did with Tyra. However, Epyck constantly gets into trouble, lies to Tami repeatedly, and accidentally slams Tami's head against a window. Epyck is arrested and transfered to Kilroy, leaving Tami distraught. Eric comforts her, saying that "You did all you could for her", subtly implying that you can't help a person who doesn't want to be helped. Tami gets an interview with Braemore College in Philadelphia for assistant Dean of Admissions, the Head Dean disagrees with her Philosophies, but the College loves her and fires him and want her to take his place as the Head Dean. This leads to conflict with Eric who wants to stay in Texas to coach the new Panthers super team. Tami decides to give up her dream for Eric, but Eric returns the favor and tells Tami that he turned down the offer to coach the Panthers. 8 months after East Dillon wins State, Tami is seen at Braemore College and is speaking with a few students, and then shows up after Eric's practice and walks off the field with him as the final lights shut off.