Eric Hipple
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Hipple at a book signing in September 2009.
No. 17     
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1957-09-16) September 16, 1957 (age 63)
Place of birth: Lubbock, Texas
Career information
College: Utah State
NFL Draft: 1980 / Round: 4 / Pick: 85
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Detroit Lions (19801986, 19881989)
Career highlights and awards
* NFL Completion Percentage Leader (1986)
TDINT     55–70
Yards     10,711
QB Rating     68.7
Stats at NFL.com

Eric Ellsworth Hipple (born September 16, 1957) is a public speaker and a retired professional American football player.

Early life and education[edit | edit source]

Eric Hipple was born in Lubbock, Texas.

Hipple attended Utah State University with an athletic scholarship.[1] At Template:Cvt and Template:Cvt, he was a star quarterback for the team. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the university's Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.[2]

Career[edit | edit source]

Hipple was selected by the Detroit Lions in the fourth round of the 1980 NFL Draft. He played his entire 10-season NFL career for the Lions from 1980 to 1989. He missed the whole 1987 season with a sprained thumb. His best year as a pro came during the 1985 season when he threw 17 touchdown passes.

Career statistics
  • 102 games
  • 1,546 attempts
  • 830 completions
  • 10,711 yards
  • 55 touchdowns

Post-athletics career[edit | edit source]

As a result of the suicide in 2000 of Hipple's 15-year-old son, Hipple is involved in educating people about the dangers of depression.[1] Hipple delivers speeches on suicide prevention and mental illness at high schools, youth groups, members of the military and their families, local organizations and corporations.[3] He is the Outreach Coordinator of the Depression Center of the University of Michigan.[3] A documentary film by the Depression Center features Hipple.[3] He also co-authored a study about depression and pain in retired professional football players.[3]

Hipple's book, Real Men Do Cry, was published in 2008.[4] It discusses Hipple's playing career with the Lions, his bouts with depression, and details of the warning signs of teens who have died from suicide.[5]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

In 2000, Hipple's 15-year-old son Jeff committed suicide by shotgun.[5] Hipple has acknowledged he has also suffered from bouts with depression,[5] including his adolescence.[1] After his son's death, Hipple abused drugs and alcohol.[5] and was convicted of drunk driving and served time in jail.[1] He filed for bankruptcy as well.[5]

In 2005, Hipple disarmed a man wielding a knife at a party in Michigan.[6]

In other media[edit | edit source]

A football poster of Hipple can be seen on the wall in the 1983 feature film Mr. Mom.

He was a guest star in the show Home Improvement (TV series) as himself in Season 3 Episode 18 building a house for Habitat for Humanity guest starring several top name athletes and Former President Jimmy Carter.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Bloch, Jim (November 29, 2006). "Hipple and Kramer deliver tips on recognizing depression, preventing suicide". Archived from the original on September 7, 2008. https://web.archive.org/web/20080907170303/http://www.voicenews.com/stories/112906/loc_20061129002.shtml.
  2. "Alumni and Friends". Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, Utah State University. http://huntsman.usu.edu/htm/alumni-and-friends-directory/memberID=4313. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Johnson, Beth (September–October 2007). "Sharing experience and hope: Telling His Story to Save Others". Inside View. University of Michigan Depression Center, University of Michigan Health System, University of Michigan. http://www.depressioncenter.org/hipple/.
  4. Hipple, Eric; Horsley, Gloria; Horsley, Heidi (2008). Real Men Do Cry: A Quarterback's Inspiring Story of Tackling Depression and Surviving Suicide Loss. Quality of Life Publishing Company. ISBN 9780981621920.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Pluto, Terry (September 30, 2010). "Guilt and pain: Ex-NFL QB Eric Hipple preaches understanding when it comes to suicidal depression". Plain Dealer. http://www.cleveland.com/pluto/blog/index.ssf/2010/09/guilt_and_pain_ex-nfl_qb_eric.html. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  6. Emkow, Bill (July 26, 2005). "Eric Hipple subdues knife-wielding man". Muskegon Chronicle. http://blog.mlive.com/highlightreel/2005/07/muskegon_chronicle_eric_hipple.html. Retrieved January 5, 2013.

External links[edit | edit source]

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