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.