Former Chiefs legend Ed Podolak retires from broadcasting at age 76

The Hawkeye legend covered more than 500 Iowa football games in his broadcasting career.
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One of the biggest football legends in Iowa Hawkeye football history just so happens to be a member of the Ring of Honor for the Kansas City Chiefs as well. That's why it's important to acknowledge the announcement made earlier this week that the great Ed Podolak will be stepping down from his longtime role as broadcaster for the Hawkeyes before next season.

Podolak has been in the booth for Hawkeye football radio broadcasts since 1982—an incredible run of 42 years that provided fans with key insights from a living legend as a color commentator. The good news is that Podolak will remain available for pre-game shows and Hawkeye podcasts.

“I believe there is no greater honor than to be part of the Iowa Hawkeye Football team," he said. "I have loved watching these young men and coaches compete for the past 42 years. Sharing my perspective for the incredible Hawkeye fans from coast to coast has been a thrill."

The Hawkeye legend covered more than 500 Iowa football games in his broadcasting career.

Podolak is a native of Atlantic, Iowa and played both quarterback and running back for the Hawkeyes before going on to play in the NFL. After switching positions for his junior year to halfback, Podolak put up a strong season of 6.1 yards/carry with 937 yards on 154 carries. He had 8 rushing touchdowns that year, which turned the heads of Chiefs scouts and earned him a second-round selection in the 1969 NFL Draft.

Podolak played nine seasons with the Chiefs and retired as the franchise's second all-time leading rusher with 4,451 yards and 34 rushing touchdowns. He had another 2,456 yards and 6 scores as a receiver and also served as the team's primary returner for a few years as well—giving the Chiefs an all-around weapon on offense and special teams. He became a member of the Chiefs RIng of Honor in 1989.

Before working back at his alma mater, Podolak served as a college football commentator for ESPN and NBC Sports. He retires from his broadcasting post having covered more than 500 Hawkeye games in his career.