How to Fight Depression With NFL Reporter Jay Glazer

Jay Glazer

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Every Monday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, interviews authors, experts, entrepreneurs, athletes, musicians, and other inspirational people about the strategies that help them think, feel, and do their best in life.

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Meet Jay Glazer

Jay Glazer hosts Fox Sports’ award-winning NFL pregame show, FOX NFL Sunday. He’s developed a reputation for breaking major stories in the NFL throughout the year and he’s become the “go-to” reporter for gaining accurate information about football updates.

He was named Sports Illustrated’s Media Person of the Year in 2007. He has previously served as a UFC host and analyst. 

Now, he’s written a book called "Unbreakable," in which he talks openly about his battle with depression and anxiety. He shares the strategies he uses to manage his mental health.

Why Jay Glazer Is Mentally Strong

Jay began openly talking about his depression at a time when few celebrities or athletes were talking about it. He wanted to reduce the stigma and encourage others who are struggling to find help. 

He also launched a charitable organization called MVP (Merging Vets and Players), which pairs former combat veterans with former professional athletes to help each other transition into new phases of their lives after their work on the battlefields and playing fields has ended.

What You’ll Hear on the Show

  • Why Jay named his depression “the gray” and how that helps him
  • Why he chose to make his mental health struggles public
  • What Jay discovered about money, success, and depression
  • Why being in service to others matters so much Jay
  • How he fights “the gray” with laughter
  • Why he stopped battling his depression when he was working on his book and what happened to his mental health
  • What happened when Jay had an anxiety attack on TV
  • How writing a book about his mental health improved his depression
  • How you can join him on social media so you have a team to help you with your battles too

What You’ll Learn About Mental Health and Mental Strength

  • Depression isn’t a sign of weakness. In fact, it takes a lot of mental strength to battle depression on a daily basis.
  • Mental strength is all about the choices you make every day, regardless of whether you have a mental health issue. 
  • In Jay’s case, he talks about the steps he takes to battle “the gray” every single day. He took time off from his healthy habits while working on the book and he noticed a huge difference in how he feels. Now, he’s back to working on building mental strength every day. 

Quotes From Jay

Jay Glazer

Of all the great things that I've done that we talk about—it’s because I don't know how to love myself from the inside out. I go do all these great things to get some love for the outside in. And I hope at one point—I’m still a work in progress—but I hope at one point they can maybe meet in the middle. I can learn how to love myself from the inside out and, and start seeing it.

— Jay Glazer
  • "My wallet is not an antidepressant and I learned that fast."
  • "I still can't compare myself to everybody else's filtered fraction of a second and go, 'man, I feel left out of this,' or 'my life sucks compared to that person.' And if I feel that, think how many others feel that. We see so much hate on Twitter. The human condition is not meant for that." 
  • "On TV in 2005, I had my first anxiety attack in an empty stadium. The walls just started caving in. My heart started racing. My eyes started flickering, started sweating, like crazy. My hands were shaking like this, but back then we weren’t talking about mental health and anxiety attacks. I thought I was having a heart attack."

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By Amy Morin, LCSW
Amy Morin, LCSW, is the Editor-in-Chief of Verywell Mind. She's also a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk,  "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time.