Eric Hipple was born in
Lubbock Texas September 16, 1957. He is an author and former professional football player.
He played for the Detroit Lions from 1980 to 1989. In his book
Real Men Do Cry, Hipple discusses his career with the Lions and
his bouts with depression. In 2009 Hipple
disarmed a man wielding a knife in an action Detroit police say
may have saved the lives of many people.
Hipple's son died by
suicide when he was 15 years old, which is why he is so dedicated to
talking and teaching about a subject. Hipple is involved in
educating people about the dangers of depression. Hipple travels the
country and gives speeches to High Schools, Youth Groups,
U.S. Military and Corporations on suicide prevention and mental
Illness. In this role, he is the Outreach Coordinator of the
Depression Center of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.