Podolak injured after being hit by vehicle

BY J.T. BUGOS | FEBRUARY 22, 2011 7:20 AM

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Ed Podolak, a former Iowa football standout and current radio analyst for Iowa football, was injured this past weekend when he was struck by a vehicle in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Podolak suffered serious injuries while crossing the street near his Scottsdale hotel, according to a UI press release. He and his wife were in Arizona for a social event on Feb. 19.

Full details of the accident have not been released.

Podolak served more than 25 years as a radio analyst for the Hawkeye Sports Network’s coverage of Iowa football. He also played for the Kansas City Chiefs as a running back and is in the Chiefs’ Hall of Fame.

As a Hawkeye, Podolak rushed for more than 1,700 yards as both a quarterback and running back.

“My dad is alert and in good spirits. His injuries are serious, but not life-threatening,” said Laura Podolak, one of Ed Podolak’s two daughters, in a release. “Our family greatly appreciates the calls and well-wishes we have received from friends and fans throughout the country. But we also request that everyone respects our privacy as Dad recovers from his injuries.”

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