Eric Hipple
Hipple at a book signing in September 2009.
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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

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.
  2. "Alumni and Friends". Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, Utah State University. 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.
  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. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  6. Emkow, Bill (July 26, 2005). "Eric Hipple subdues knife-wielding man". Muskegon Chronicle. Retrieved January 5, 2013.

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