About Eric Hipple

Eric Hipple is a former NFL quarterback who spent his ten-year career with the Detroit Lions. Before joining the NFL, he played college football at Utah State and was inducted into their Hall of Fame after throwing for 6,073 yards and scoring 34 touchdowns. The Lions drafted him in the 4th round of the 1980 NFL Draft.

During his NFL career, Hipple achieved two playoff bids and a divisional championship and was named the Detroit Lions' Most Valuable Player for the 1981 season. He currently ranks fifth in career passing yards for the Lions. After retiring, Hipple worked as a color analyst for the FOX NFL pregame show in Detroit from 1995-2000.

In 2000, Hipple's 15-year-old son Jeff died by suicide. Since then, Hipple has dedicated his life to raising awareness and combating the stigma surrounding mental health issues, including depression and substance abuse. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the University of Michigan 2015 Neubacher Award, the Detroit Lions 2010 Courage House Award, and the 2008 Life Saver Achievement award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Hipple has provided mental fitness training to various groups, including professional organizations, the military, law enforcement, schools, and communities. He has also co-authored a study on depression among retired football players. His message of resilience and positivity has helped thousands of people nationwide.

Hipple's approach to mental health is intersectional, recognizing that it covers various topics and experiences. He provides a comprehensive and inclusive understanding of mental health that accounts for individuals' diverse challenges. His book, Real Men Do Cry, received a Presidential Award. He currently serves as an ambassador for Blue Cross Blue Shield, Michigan, and community partners, consults for the Mental Health Foundation of Western Michigan, and is a board officer for VetLife Foundation.

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