Former NFL quarterback Eric Hipple knows the joy of playing on Sundays and also the despair that comes with leaving the game. On Sunday, he was able to share his experiences at the 12th annual Fargo-Moorhead "Out of Darkness" suicide prevention walk in North Dakota.
The event started at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex on the North Dakota State University campus. There were over 1,400 participants and many have dealt with mental health issues.
There was $74,000 raised this year for educational programs and suicide prevention awareness. Donations can still be made to the local program associated with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Hipple spent ten seasons in the NFL playing with the Detroit Lions and was the team's full-time starter for four years. He led the league in completion percentage in 1986.
When Hipple retired in 1989, he struggled to find meaning in his life. A few years later, he attempted suicide by jumping out in front of a car.
In 2000, his 15-year old son took his life. Seeing the tragedy associated with suicide first-hand, Hipple has become a top advocate for awareness and is the author of the book, Real Men Do Cry.
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