Ed Podolak recovering in hospital

Updated: February 22, 2011, 8:02 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Former Kansas City Chiefs running back and current Iowa football commentator Ed Podolak is recovering after he was hit by a car while crossing a street in Scottsdale, Ariz.

"My dad remains in stable condition in a Scottsdale area hospital," his daughter, Laura Pololak, said in a release. "He continues to undergo minor surgeries to repair his injuries. He is alert and remains in good spirits, but is requesting privacy."

Police in the Phoenix suburb say the 63-year-old Podolak was not inside a crosswalk when he was hit Sunday. They say the driver of the car that hit Podolak tried to brake but couldn't stop fast enough.

A police report says Podolak was taken to a Scottsdale hospital with what are described as non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said Tuesday that the investigation is ongoing.

Podolak spent all nine of his NFL seasons with the Chiefs. From 1969 to 1977, he racked up 4,451 yards and 34 touchdowns on 1,157 carries and remains the team's fourth all-time leading rusher.

Podolak played for the Hawkeyes and has been an announcer on Iowa radio broadcasts for the past 30 years.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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