Iowa radio announcer Ed Podolak remains in stable condition at a Scottsdale area hospitalized Tuesday night after he was struck by a car while crossing the street Sunday.
Podolak, 63, continues to undergo “minor surgeries” to mend his injuries, but is alert and in high spirits, according to a statement released by his daughter, Laura, Tuesday evening.
He and his wife, Vicki, were in Arizona attending a social event when the accident occurred. Police have said that alcohol was not a factor in the incident, but Podolak was cited for not crossing the street at the crosswalk.
Podolak has served as the Hawkeye football radio analyst for 30 years.
Prior to his days on the radio, he was a standout at both Iowa and in the NFL. He played quarterback and running back for the Hawkeyes from 1966-68, then spent a nine-year NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs. He rushed for 4,451 yards during his Chiefs career — fourth-most in team history.
Podolak, a member of the Chiefs only Super Bowl team, holds the NFL playoff record for most yards by a single player — 350 against the Miami Dolphins in 1971. He was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame in 1989.
“Eddie Podolak is a guy that has nine lives, and he’s already survived three to four of them that I know of, including the NFL,” former Iowa radio partner Jim Zabel told The Des Moines Register. “If anybody can survive something like this, it’s Ed.”
Laura Podolak has requested privacy at this time, but the family has set up as Facebook page for fans to show their support as he recovers in the hospital.
Hundreds of fans have taken to Facebook to share their stories and wish the football legend a speedy recovery. Many of the posts were similar to the one David Howard wrote around 10 p.m. Tuesday night.
“You are among the greatest of all Hawkeyes and you made me a Kansas City Chiefs fan,” Howard wrote. “Your great work on the radio helps make Iowa Football the great event that it is.”
As of 9 a.m. Wednesday, the Ed Podolak Facebook page has received 520 “likes.”
“We want to thank everyone for their words of kindness and concern during this difficult time,” Laura Podolak said in the statement. “The outpouring of support has been overwhelming.”