God and football: Glazer knows both

MANCHESTER - Faith in God and devotion to religion may not be something that's as prevalent these days, but according to NFL Insider for the NFL on Fox, host of UFC on Fox and owner of MMA Athletics, Jay Glazer, he wouldn't be where he is today without it.

On Friday, Glazer will be speaking at the shabbat service at the Israel Congregation of Manchester, which will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Glazer, whose father Ed Glazer is the president of the temple, has attended services there for many years.

According to Rabbi David Novak, Glazer - who said he's been giving more of these kind of speeches over the past year and a half - will speak for about 12 minutes during Friday's sermon.

The brief talk, Glazer said, will be focused on the importance of faith - something that, combined with his determination, he said has been instrumental both in his life and to his success.

"You guys all probably see the finished product to where I've gotten with Fox, but there was a period of 10 years where I didn't get paid. The most I made in salary was $9,450 a year for about 10 years. Even when I worked with the New York Post the most they ever paid me was $9,000 in a year. And yet the decision to go in there and get rejected as often as I possibly could until I finally latched on somewhere that's where God and faith got me where I am. If I didn't have God to sit there and talk to and feel like I'm not alone, then I never would have been able to do it."

When Glazer was with New York One (NY1) - his primary television job for the first seven years of his career - he said he never made over $450 a year.

Throughout the hard times - when he was struggling to make it - Glazer said he often found solace in his religion.

"I go after life and my career as hard as anybody I've ever met and it's my faith that has really given me the ability to always feel like I'm not alone," Glazer said. "It's lonely getting laughed out all the time, but if you've got someone else with you and you really believe that someone else is with you, you're not going to give up and you're going to continue to talk your issues out, talk your strategy out, talk your problems out and your hate."

Glazer said he also looks for the good things in religion, like the opportunity to unplug from the rigors and stress of everyday life.

As an example he spoke about the Fourth Commandment, which states that the Sabbath is to remain a day of rest.

"Every single week I would literally take that time. I would go, I'd get rejected by 50 to 100 people a week," Glazer said. "I'd try to get a job, any job, anything. I'd get rejected, rejected, rejected, rejected and then Friday would come, I'd go to temple in New York City and just let it go. I would take that Fourth Commandment to heart."

With the week over, Glazer said religion would give him a way to refresh his soul, rest his spirit and his body and prepare to do it all over again the following week in the hopes of persevering.

While he realizes there are those people who don't believe in God or have faith, Glazer said that is something he can not understand.

"I don't get it just because I don't see why it hurts; especially people who've got to talk out against it," Glazer said. "It doesn't hurt to have faith. It doesn't hurt anybody. It only helps."

Glazer's talk is free and open to the public.


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