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Helmets Off


Jan 17, 2018

Eric Hipple was a quarterback at Utah State and in the NFL for the Detroit Lions.  

Eric went through three head coaches and five offensive coordinators at Detroit.  He spent his whole career constantly learning new offenses and coaching styles.

He and Scott were both booed by Detroit Fans on some game day introductions.  On bad seasons, the fans could get vicious.  Detroit fans are fanatical.  It's one of the few teams in the modern area that hasn't won the Super Bowl.  They haven't won a championship since the 1950's.

Transitioning out of a career in the NFL is difficult.  You've been playing football since childhood and it'a  big part of your identity.  When a pro football career finally ends, the identity is lost.

Eric attempted suicide by jumping out of a car at highway speeds.  He had built a business and was making more money than he had in the NFL, but he still felt worthless.  He really thought his family would be better off with his insurance money and not him.

Some former players turn to drinking or drugs.  Scott turned to eating.  He was on The Biggest Loser on NBC, but weight is still an issue.  

Eric got the call that all parents never want to get, his son passed away.  He was 15 years old.  He committed Suicide.  It was a traumatic experience.  Eric decided to be numb and took to drinking and pills just to keep the thoughts out of his head.  About a year later, Eric was arrested on a DUI.  That gave Eric a wake up call and then went to the University of Michigan Depression Center.  He was hired as a spokesperson and put together programs and also teamed up with the NFL Players Association.  He is reaching out to so many programs across Michigan.  He is working with veterans, high school students and everything in between. 

It’s time for the Gauntlet of Truth.  If he could go back to any football team from any era.  He would play of the Chicago Bears in the 80’s.  He also jokingly said that he is the better quarterback than BYU legend Jim McMahon. 

His biggest regret is only playing for one team in his NFL career.  He spent his whole career with the Detroit Lions.  Scott played for four teams.

The one takeaway that he wants people to know about him is that he really appreciates his family. 

Other than his parents and spouse, the person who has had the biggest influence in his life was his high school coach.  Taught him to still be tough but be loved as well.  He got him his scholarship offer at Utah State which led him to being inducted in his high school hall of fame.

Scott Mitchell takes his helmet off to show you the inside scoop of all kinds of sports from football to even golf. Scott Mitchell is a former NFL quarterback who was a star quarterback at the University of Utah before going on to have a professional career playing with the Miami Dolphins, the Orlando Thunder, the Detroit Lions, the Baltimore Ravens, and the Cincinnati Bengals. Scott also hosts the podcast Rivals with former NFL player Jason Buck.

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