Photo of Eric Hipple holding a Wilson football.

Former Detroit Lions quarterback Eric Hipple kicks off 2018-19 Viking Speaker Series

Glen Oaks Community College will host Eric Hipple, former Detroit Lions quarterback, as the first speaker in the 2018-19 Viking Speaker Series. The event will be held on Wednesday, Sept. at 26 p.m. at noon in the Nora Hagen Theatre on the campus of Glen Oaks Community College. The event is sponsored by Sturgis Media Group and Glen Oaks Community College Foundation and is free and open to the public.

Eric Ellsworth Hipple (born September 16, 1957, in Lubbock, Texas) is a former professional American football player who was selected by the Detroit Lions in the fourth round of the 1980 NFL Draft. A 6’2″, 198 lb. quarterback from Utah State, Hipple played in nine NFL seasons for the Lions from 1980–1986 and 1988-1989. His best year as a pro came during the 1985 season when he threw seventeen touchdown passes.

Hipple, authored “Real Men Do Cry” an incredible story of tragedy and triumph. After his 15-year-old son died of suicide, Eric fell into a debilitating downward spiral. Bankrupt and jailed for drunk driving, he found the strength to seek therapy for his own depression and was able to make an amazing comeback. With unflinching honesty, Eric shares his journey, thus opening the door for others to realize that depression is treatable

There will be a reception following his talk outside the Nora Hagen Theatre and copies of his book will be available for purchase following the event.

The Viking Speaker Series is one of College Council’s initiatives to offer a broad range of topics and bring diverse speakers to campus.

Guests will need to use the gymnasium entrance to attend the event. Parking is free and accessible parking is available behind the gymnasium.