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Podolak seeks treatment

IOWA CITY (KWWL) - Former University of Iowa football player and radio analyst Ed Podolak issued a statement today directed to all Hawkeye fans.

"After considerable deliberation with my family and close friends, I've decided to seek professional treatment. Over the last few months the people closest to me in life have convinced me that treatment is in my best interest," said Podolak.

"The unbelievable outpouring of concern and love from Iowa fans everywhere has also had a big impact on my decision. I'll always be a Hawkeye, but their prayers and well wishes have made this decision much easier."

"I continue to ask for the prayers and thoughts of all Iowa fans as I undertake this journey. My hope is that treatment will make me a better husband and father and a better person to my friends," continued Podolak.

University of Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta released the following statement:

"I wholeheartedly support Ed in his decision to enter treatment. He will be in my thoughts and prayers. We'll all be cheering for him. The number one priority is his health.

"I talked to Ed over the weekend, and he sounded positive and focused about this decision. He did not officially indicate he will be coming out of retirement, but in light of this recent development, I've spoken with Learfield and we have put the search for his replacement on hold," said Barta.

Earlier this month Podolak retired from Hawkeye football broadcasts.

Podolak stepped down after questionable pictures surfaced of him at a bar in Tampa during the Hawkeyes' trip to the Outback Bowl.

Online Executive Producer Nate Leding


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