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Staff Crush: Tim Riggins from 'Friday Night Lights'

by Patricia Chui, posted Feb 10th 2010 4:35PM
In honor of Valentine's Day, AOL TV's staff will be revealing their crushes all week.

I am the envy of all my friends. I have DirecTV.

Well, let me clarify. I am the envy of all my 'Friday Night Lights'-loving friends, because having DirecTV means that for the past few months I've gotten to watch new episodes of 'FNL' months before they air on NBC. And this also means: Every Wednesday night, I get to revel in the glory that is Tim Riggins. And they don't.

Who is Tim Riggins, you ask? Wait, WHAT? You don't know Tim Riggins? Former Dillon Panthers fullback? That hard-drinking, hard-loving, truck-driving specimen of fine young manhood? Not since Jordan Catalano has a fictional teenage boy caused my heart rate to flutter so, like some epileptic hummingbird on a bender.

But perhaps my gushing all over your computer screen isn't sufficient. How do I love Tim Riggins? Let me count the ways.

(Note: Tim Riggins is played by Taylor Kitsch. For the record, I heart him, too. But I'm not positive that Kitsch takes his shirt off quite as much as Riggins does -- although, on the other hand, he does love hockey. Taylor, call me!)

1. He is SO. Pretty. OK, that one's obvious. But seriously: Just LOOK at him. Those eyes! The hair! 'Nuff said.

2. He takes his shirt off. A lot. Who knew that so many household chores required being shirtless? Getting a beer, doing situps, walking to your car ... All, in Riggins World, require removing your shirt. Thank goodness for the modern age -- what did we do before DVRs, pause buttons and endless rewinding?

3. Hipbones. Towel. See #2.

4. He's a good time. If you need someone to take you out on the town, get you drunk until dawn, maybe goad you into riding the bull ... then Riggins is your man. No regrets -- or as Riggins says, "Let's make some memories." (If you need someone to help you study, though, you might want to look elsewhere.)

5. He's a bad boy with a heart of gold. When we first met Tim Riggins in season 1, he seemed little more than a stereotype of the beer-guzzling party boy with no ambition, future or thoughts of anyone other than himself. Then he slept with Lyla, his paralyzed best friend's girlfriend, which didn't help his image much at all. But then the tempestuous Tim and Lyla turned into an actual couple, Tim grew up and became a man ... and when the once perpetually single (or perpetually cheating) Riggins gazed at Lyla and told her with obvious delight and devotion, "I'm madly in love with you," we believed it. And pretended he was saying it to us, of course.

6. He likes to nickname people. Well, maybe he isn't so creative with this. After all, his nicknames consist solely of players' uniform numbers ("Six" = Jason Street, "Seven" = Matt Saracen), so, it's not like he's Sawyer on 'Lost.' But for some reason, when we got a load of his newest one -- "Fours" for Luke Cafferty -- we thought it was adorable. OK, fine. We're easy.

7. He's a good friend. We're relieved he made up with Jason Street after hooking up with Lyla, because otherwise we wouldn't have been treated to some of our favorite 'Friday Night Lights' episodes, in which Riggins followed Street to Mexico to stop him from having risky surgery (that 'Y Tu Mama Tambien' moment with the three of them dancing has burned a permanent hole of hotness in our brains), and to New York to provide moral support as Street tried to get a job and win back the mother of his child. And that tear rolling down his cheek as he watched Jason move on with his life ... Let's just say nothing's more attractive on a man than true friendship.

And so, even despite the heartbreaking news that Taylor Kitsch will be leaving 'Friday Night Lights' to focus on his blossoming career, we will soldier on. Because no matter how much we'll miss this character -- who not only was awfully nice to look at, but also grew more (and more realistically ) than almost any other character on TV -- Tim Riggins would want us to be out having a good time, living, loving and embracing the world ... and remembering him fondly (in a towel).

Texas forever.

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Oh and how could *I* forget him saving Julie from the tornado and teaching the kid to play football and sacrificing himself for his brother....okay I could seriously go on and on so I'm gonna shut up now.

April 07 2011 at 4:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You forgot to mention those lips.....and the fact he's charming to everyone, including old ladies. The conversation about 'blitzing' in the pilot episode comes to mind. He's just perfect.

April 07 2011 at 4:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob Andelman

FNL fans might also enjoy this May 6, 2010 Mr. Media video interview with new "Lights" star Drew Waters, who plays Coach Wade Aiken on the show: http://www.mrmedia.com/2010/05/video-friday-night-lights-star-drew.html

May 11 2010 at 12:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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