Eric Hipple

Eric Ellsworth Hipple is a former professional American football player who was selected by the Detroit Lions in the fourth round of the 1980 NFL Draft. A quarterback from Utah State, Hipple played in ten NFL seasons for the Lions in the 1980's.

As a result of his fifteen-year-old son's suicide in 2000, Hipple chose to dedicate his life to educating people around the world about the dangers of depression and the potential for empowerment and mental wellness through knowledge on the topic.

For the past ten years, Eric has traveled globally giving speeches to high school students, their teachers, healthcare programs, youth groups, US military personnel and corporations both large and small. His presentations focus on the topics of suicide prevention, mental illness, mindfulness and the importance of "mentally fitness and wellness."

In this role, he is the Outreach Coordinator of the Depression Center of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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When I speak, I deliver the driving force that made me a success in the NFL, as a business owner, and in the community. I will help you find the key to your motivation.

Eric Hipple

I have known Eric for the last 20 years! I had a unique perspective and was fortunate enough to be able to watch and work with Eric from his freshman year to his senior year at Utah State as the QB of the Aggies!

The best memories of Eric are as a Great Team Leader that turned a program around. He has always been very tough, smart, a team player and a competitive man.  Eric has been someone that I have always admired as a man and as a professional. He has a special heart for all people and that is what has separated him from the rest.

He has the ability to inspire others in a unique way! He’ll lead by example in tough times and he has always been able to bring out the best in people around him!

He has a strong loyalty towards people as well as being very compassionate.

Rod Marinelli
Defensive Line Coach, Assistant Head Coach
Chicago Bears

I just wanted to Thank you so very much for helping kick off our first General Meeting for our new NAMI Metro affiliate.  I have received many, many positive comments regarding your presentation.  It was right on point with Organization, Education and Volunteering along with your own personal touch.  You have touched so many people and you do change the lives of so many people with mental illness.  The families are most grateful as yours is a story of family and the impact that mental illness plays within the family. Keep up the outstanding work that you do for mental illness and the battle against the stigma associate with the illness.

Leon Judd
President, NAMI Metro