In his memoir, Fox Sports analyst Jay Glazer opened up about his battle with mental health – and the special person who helped him through the struggle.
“When my depression and anxiety hit, it’s debilitating, and I feel it physically,” Glazer said of his illness and how it manifests. “I feel it in the left side of my gut. I feel it behind my ribcage, and my joints ache like it’s raining really bad, and I just got out of a 50-round fight. When your depression and anxiety hit, you feel so unloved. I know the world. I have so much love, but you just feel so unloved.”
Unbreakable: How I Turned My Depression and Anxiety Into Motivation and You Can Too is the story told by the NFL Insider reporter, which details his mental health journey. For most of his life, Glazer reported that depression and anxiety were major obstacles. In the content of the book, he shared that he dealt with frequent anxiety attacks and drug usage to cope with his issues. “I would’ve taken a Vicodin and some other s— and alcohol to just mask it and hide it,” he explained.
Although he kept his issues largely to himself, when he made the decision to let another person in on the secret, there was nothing but support geared toward the reporter.
Michael Strahan strives to be the best friend he can to Jay Glazer.
Despite being friends with Good Morning America host Michael Strahan for over 30 years, the author never disclosed the status of his mental health. “I didn’t tell him until last year,” the sports journalist admitted. “We were supposed to go to dinner, and I finally was like, ‘Hey, I can’t go to dinner tonight.’ He’s like, ‘Why not?’ and I’m like, ‘The beast got out of the box.'”
From there, Glazer revealed that the “beast” is what he calls himself when he is in a poor mental state. Suddenly, the last few decades were detailed to Strahan, to which the former NFL player showed up for his friend without hesitation.
“He said, ‘Why have you never told me about it?'” Glazer reflected, recalling the sentiments Strahan expressed when he finally understood the extent to which his friend was suffering. “He said, ‘Yeah, but I could have been there for you for 30 years. You took my ability as a friend away to be your best friend.’ “
At The Buzzer, or ATB is the place for those who love sports, life, family, community, and so much more. We are far from the run-of-the-mill 24/7 sports news websites. We not only bring you what’s happening in the world of sports in terms of trades and breaking news, but we also bring you the news that goes on behind the scenes, like big life moments, and so much more. So take a minute and read one of our articles, we promise you won't regret it.