Former 'Friday Night Lights' football star speaks to CTX athletes

Posted at 4:57 PM, Oct 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-12 18:09:41-04

James "Boobie" Miles is well-known for a character being based off him from the hit 2006 film Friday Night Lights. 

"It was like we was in the NFL or playing college ball already to be honest with you, everywhere you go you were signing autographs, I mean everywhere you go people are like 'Hey Boobie!'" Miles said.

The atmosphere was so exciting, it was portrayed on the big screen.

"On Friday nights, everything shut down by about 7 o'clock, the game starts about 8 so everything was shutting down," Miles said. 

The feeling was one Miles thought he would have for his entire life until a knee injury quickly changed things.

"Once I found out it was a lot more serious than I ever wanted it to be, it hurt," Miles said. "I felt like they needed me as much as I needed them."

Miles missed the rest of the 1988 football season, but then went on to play football at Ranger College, but it was never the same for the former football star.

Miles moved to Copperas Cove to become a recruiter for Jack Welch Recruiting. Miles also spends time speaking to football teams in the area about the importance of education.

"You have to have a plan B, you have to have something to fall back on because if you don't, it's hard out there," Miles said.

Miles added he is proud of his football career, but not proud of the way the movie portrayed it.

His team's hard work and the racism they had to overcome are two things he said were not highlighted like they should have been.

To keep up with the talks Miles is giving in Central Texas, or to schedule one for your group of athletes, you can go to his website.

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