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Tim Riggins
Friday Night Lights character
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Taylor Kitsch as Tim Riggins
First appearance "Pilot"
Portrayed by Taylor Kitsch
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Occupation Starting fullback/running back of the Dillon Panthers
Relatives Brother: Billy Riggins
Father: Walt Riggins

Tim Riggins is a character in the NBC/DirecTV drama Friday Night Lights, portrayed by actor Taylor Kitsch. Riggins is the fullback/running back of the Dillon Panthers.

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Character biography

Tim Riggins is described as a character "who has puppy-dog, lady-killing eyes under his scraggly bangs."[1] He is the fullback/running back of the Dillon Panthers and the troubled best friend to Jason Street. He is the ex-boyfriend of Tyra Collette and Lyla Garrity, with whom he has an off and on relationship. Of course, both were stops in quite a long line of girls, as Riggins is known as a bit of a womanizer. He copes with many of his problems through promiscuous sex and heavy drinking. Tim is based on Don Billingsley (Garrett Hedlund) from the film. Both Tim and Don have rocky relationships with their fathers. Both are very good players and heavy partiers.

Upon graduation from high school, Tim went to school briefly before dropping out, realizing that it was never part of his plans. After returning to Dillon, Tim and his brother Billy operate an autobody shop, Riggins' Rigs, but with pressure mounting on Billy to provide for his pregnant wife, Mindy, he agrees to turn his shop into a chop shop to earn more money. After Tim discovers Billy's secret operation, he agrees to help out in order to make enough money to buy a plot of land he had set his eyes on. However, the police discover their scheme and arrest Tim, the only person who had been in the shop that night. In the season four finale, "Thanksgiving", realizing that his brother needs to stay and provide for his wife and newborn baby, he turns himself in to the sheriff's office and takes full responsibility for the chop shop.

Taylor Kitsch

Taylor Kitsch is a native of British Columbia, Canada. In his early youth Kitsch was an avid hockey player, but had to give up the sport after a knee injury.[2] In 2002 he moved to New York, where he studied acting, and soon started to land movie roles.[3] In 2006 he had roles both in the internet-propelled Snakes on a Plane and the critically panned The Covenant.[1]

Kitsch says he is able to relate to the character of Tim Riggins based on his own personal experiences. "my father is out of my life, more or less", he revealed in an interview, "So I discover stuff that maybe I wasn't even dealing with as a person."[2] Also his background as a young and promising athlete helped him connect with the role. Nevertheless, he admits to differ from his character at least in his relations with the opposite sex; "...I didn't have as many girls at my fingertips. I don't know many guys who do!"[4]

Reception

Critical reception of the Tim Riggins character has been varied. Variety magazine opined that "there may be no more compelling, tortured soul on the "FNL" roster than Tim Riggins".[5] Scott Tobias, on the other hand, writing for the The A.V. Club, had less enthusiasm for the character. According to Tobias, "he gives you the poses of a hunky, smoldering, haunted young man, but rarely the three-dimensional, flesh-and-bone reality of it."[6]

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