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About MVP

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About MVP

 

MISSION STATEMENT:

MVP's mission is to match up former Combat Vets and former professional athletes together -- after the uniform comes off -- to give them a new team to tackle the transition together. MVP shows them they are NOT alone.

Jay Glazer created MVP in 2015 to address this important challenge.

Jay has spent years working with Warriors from the ring and the gridiron, and many of these men and women have also struggled to apply their skills beyond their field of battle. 

MVP was created to leverage Jay's unique role at the crossroads of all of these Warriors. By merging veterans with players, these Warriors can benefit from each other's strength, experience and abilities to unlock their full potential - and lead their families, communities and country towards a better future. Merging veterans and players also ensures these men and women know that the challenges they are facing are far more about who they are - Warriors - than what they did. In truth, that is a title that no one can ever take from you. 

Both war fighters and football players need something to fight for once the uniform comes off, and your service to country or time on the field is over. Without real purpose for the man on your right and left, it can be easy to feel lost...
— Nate Boyer, Combat Veteran, NFL Veteran + MVP Team Member

MVP is built on our team's years of experience coaching, mentoring and leading men and women to their highest level of performance - in every sphere of life. MVP's work takes place at the Unbreakable Performance Center in Los Angeles, CA.

Most people don’t understand what it’s like to have your life and livelihood wrapped up in a singular endeavor. The training, mindset, focus and challenges become part of who you are as a person. Your very existence is on that field and it doesn’t matter if it is a battlefield or a football field . The rules of engagement may be different but it is still the passion of your being. Whether you are an athlete or a soldier (and I’ve been both), there’s no difference! We share a warriors spirit, an innate understanding of the commitment and a life spent in pursuit of excellence. We also know what it feels like to walk away from that life for one reason or another. It is the recognition of this shared understanding and the belief that these two groups of warriors can help each other cope with the challenges that face an altered existence. Through MVP we will help each other find a happy life after fighting for what we love!
— Randy Couture, Army Veteran, UFC Hall of Famer, and MVP Team Member

If you are a combat veteran or a player, sign up to take part in this effort.

If you want to support our work, you can make a tax-deductible donation here.

 
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The Team


The Team

The Team


The Team

The MVP Team is comprised of a blend of combat veterans, players, coaches and mentors. Men and women who understand what it means to overcome adversity and who rise to face every challenge. We recognize that greatness lies inside each and every one of these Warriors and consider it our responsibility, and privilege, to ensure it emerges on a different field of battle. 

JAY GLAZER

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Jay Glazer is best known for his work on FOX, covering the NFL and UFC. He has long been recognized as the nation's Top Insider for his role on the award-winning FOX NFL Sunday, where he consistently breaks huge news stories. Jay's success is attributed to his strong relationships with players, coaches and executives, and the respect he is accorded for being a man who is loyal, honest and hard working. 

Glazer, who has a deep background in mixed martial arts, is revered as a coach who created MMA Athletics, the first ever mixed martial arts cross training program for pro athletes. In the NFL alone he and his coaches have trained nearly over 200 players. 

Last year, Glazer opened Unbreakable Performance Center in Hollywood, CA with Bears future Hall Of Famer LB Brian Urlacher and the three-time Olympic team captain of the US Women's volleyball team, Lindsey Berg. In July of this year, Unbreakable was named by Yahoo as "The Most Elite Gym in America."

Unbreakable will be one of the destinations for Empowering Retreats with our soldiers and players. 

BRIAN BANKS

From a promising young athlete to a convicted felon imprisoned for crimes uncommitted, Brian Banks’ story is one of exasperating hardship, inspiring resiliency and redemption.

A high school football star with his sights set on the NFL, Banks was on his way to accept a full-ride scholarship offer from USC until his dreams were thwarted when he was falsely accused and subsequently convicted of kidnapping and raping a classmate. As a result, Banks served more than five years in prison and another five monitored as a registered sex offender. In 2011, his accuser was recorded admitting to fabricating the charges and with the help of the California Innocence Project, Banks successfully cleared his name, regained his reputation and earned tryouts with several NFL football teams.

Due to his time off the field, his career as a player was short lived, but his career in football was just beginning—Banks was hired by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and works in the league’s operations department.

Now a prominent activist against wrongful convictions, he has assisted in the exoneration of two wrongfully convicted men and travels to schools, organizations and events across the country to share his story, offer lessons he’s learned and advocate for justice for all.

Featured on leading media outlets, including CNN, 60 Minutes and CBS Nation Morning News, Banks’ story also caught the attention of Hollywood, and A-list producer, Amy Baer and award-winning director, Lee Daniels are at the helm of a feature film about Banks’ life.

Motivated by his powerful motto, "Success Is My Revenge," Banks offers deeply personal perspective on redemption, overcoming unimaginable challenges, maintaining a positive outlook and reclaiming one’s path in life.

JASON BORBA

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Jason Borba is a veteran of the United States Army, and served as a combat infantryman in Iraq. During his time in the Army, Jason was also an Army combatives instructor.

Prior to joining Unbreakable Performance Center as a Striking Coach and Trainer, Jason Jason was a professional MMA fighter. As a combat veteran, Jason embodies the heart and the soul of the MVP program, and spent a week at Boulder Crest Retreat in October 2013.

 

 

 

 

NATE BOYER

Nate Boyer is what many would deem a renaissance man.  The former active-duty Green Beret is also a world traveler, a philanthropist and community leader, and a professional athlete as a former member of the Seattle Seahawks.

Nate connected with Jay Glazer in February 2015, when he walked into Unbreakable asking Jay to help him get a shot in the NFL - as a 34-year old rookie long snapper! 

"I never trained a rookie with gray in his beard," Glazer joked, but after fully reading up on him I said, "Nate, I know what you've done but I don't know what you CAN'T do. I'm in, let's do this." 

After joining the US Army in 2005, Boyer earned the coveted Green Beret in December, 2006.  He was stationed in Okinawa throughout most of 2007 with 1st Special Forces Group.  In April of 2008, Nate was deployed with ODA 0324 10th Special Forces Group to Iraq and served his tour of duty until January of 2009.  He then served tours in Afghanistan from April-August, 2013 (Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan) and from April-August, 2014 (ODA 3116 3rd Special Forces Group).  In addition to his deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, Boyer completed a number of JCET (Joint Command Exchange Training) Missions to Israel (2009), Bulgaria (2011), and Greece (2012).

A five-year player for the Texas Longhorns, Boyer served as the No. 1 long snapper on PAT/FG’s his last three seasons and also handled punt-snapping duties during 2013-14.  He played in 39 career games.  In 2012 Boyer received the Disney Spirit Award at the ESPN College Football Awards, which is given to the most inspirational figure in college football. In 2013 the National Football Foundation awarded him with the coveted Legacy Award. He was named to the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, which recognizes players whose charitable involvement and community service contributions stand out among all other student-athletes; was a three-time first-team Academic All-Big 12 choice (2012-14); and was first-team Capitol One Academic All-American in 2013.   Boyer was named 2012-13 Big 12 Sportsperson of the Year and in 2012 became the first-ever recipient of the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).  In January of 2015, he played in the Medal of Honor Bowl in Charleston, SC.

Nate is a perfect mentor because he’s been on both teams at the highest level, Green Beret Special Forces and the Defending NFC Champion Seahawks. More than anything, Nate epitomizes what we can do with the human will. He hates when I say this, but he is honestly the closest thing there is to a real-life Captain America.
— Jay Glazer

Read this "ESPN the Magazine" article about Nate

Boyer has embarked on a wealth of colorful adventures and life-changing experiences: he has backpacked solo throughout much of Europe and Central America, worked for a year on a fishing boat in San Diego, gone fly fishing in Kamchatka in Russia, worked as a big brother and mentor for children diagnosed with Autism, and volunteered at Refugee Camps in the Darfur region of Sudan/Chad border. He continues to be actively engaged with several Veteran’s Service Organizations as well as several other non-profits.

Boyer’s belief that “Anything is Possible” has served him well throughout his life and has made him especially fit to speak about finding one’s passions and living with purpose for other people. Nate’s can-do attitude is contagious and his inspirational story resounds with any audience; students, veterans, businesspersons, athletes and people from all walks of like can take something away from his unique story.

RANDY COUTURE

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A long-time friend and sparring partner of Jay Glazer, Randy Couture is an actor, UFC Champion, former collegiate and Greco-Roman wrestler, and served in the U.S. Army 101st Airborne from 1982-1988. 

Combatants of all kinds look up to Randy for what he’s been able to do in the cage and how caring he is outside of it. He is the most loyal dude who’s ever coached with us at Unbreakable, running practice for our NFL players with nothing to gain except to make others great.
— Jay Glazer

After completing his military service, Randy decided to begin working as an assistant wrestling and strength conditioning coach at Oregon State University. By December of 1997, at the age of 33, Randy made his debut into the world of professional fighting, claiming victory in the Heavyweight division of his first appearance in the UFC. Soon after, Randy scored a Technical Knock Out victory against Brazilian "Phenom," Vitor Belfrod and became known as Randy "The Natural" Couture. With over 25 years of training in freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling, Randy's preferred method of offense in mixed martial arts competition was what is commonly referred to as "Ground and Pound." Although this method was Randy's token move, he also demonstrated a variety of skills in both boxing as well as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Randy eventually moved down a weight class to the Light-Heavyweight division, where he would spend the remainder of his UFC career spanking out one victory after another, sometimes literally. Randy is to this day the only UFC competitor to hold titles in the both the Heavyweight and Light-Heavyweight divisions, and he was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in June of 2006.

Randy also dedicates time to running his own chain of gyms, Xtreme Couture MMA; a thriving clothing line, Xtreme Couturue MMA Clothing; a supplement company, Xtreme Couture Pharmaceuticals (XCAP); in the past commentated for the UFC and on Fox, and runs a non-profit, the Xtreme Couture MMA Foundation, dedicated to honoring the veterans of America's armed forces; and created MMAthletics with Jay Glazer, a company focused on training professional athletes from the various sports in the ways of mixed martial arts and teaching them how that training can be applied to their respective sport's discipline. 

ORLANDO SANCHEZ

 

Orlando Sanchez was born in La Cañada, California in 1982. He played sports during his youth, getting through college on a football scholarship. After his career finished, Orlando turned to partying, which led to alcohol and drug abuse, and ultimately severe depression. By the age of 26, Sanchez was 360 pounds and had a strong urge to change the way his life was heading. 

With the urging of a good friend, Orlando turned his focus towards martial arts, training Muay Thai. Thai Boxing led him to Alberto Crane, who became his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu coach. Sanchez started competing regularly, reaching the degree of brown belt in an astounding 3 years, and won tournaments such as Gracie Nationals, Grapplers Quest and the Pan-American. 

In training with Alberto Crane, Orlando Sanchez had the chance of getting to know and train with Gracie Barra’s network of exquisite coaches and competitors such as Romulo Barral, Draculino and “Ze Radiola“. Ze Radiola became a close friend of Orlando Sanchez, and it was Radiola who awarded Sanchez his black belt on September 2012, after a great competitive year as a brown belt where Sanchez won important tournaments such as the Pan American championships and the Brazilian Nationals in both his weight class and the open weight divisions.

Being a relentless competitor, Orlando Sanchez also picked up MMA, training with Rafael Cordeiro at Kings MMA and becoming one of the main partners of Fabricio Werdum. Orlando also competed in MMA with a rampant start of 3 wins and one no-contest.

Orlando is a partner in the Unbreakable Performance Center and is opening Unbreakable's martial arts school.

Orlando epitomizes the central theme of MVP: life is about choice. He was on the verge of death, looked at himself in the mirror and made a deal with God. If he lived to see the next morning he would CHOOSE to immediately change his life and get whatever help was necessary. Seven years later, he is the reigning World Champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and making a difference in the lives of so many others. The choices we make!
— Jay Glazer