Podolak facing ‘challenging and lengthy rehab’

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Updating the condition of Ed Podolak, the daughter of the long-time Iowa radio analyst released a statement through the school Thursday thanking people for their support but cautioning that her father facing significant challenges in order “to return to his full physical abilities”.

Podolak suffered significant injuries over the weekend after being run over by a vehicle while crossing a Scottsdale, Ariz., street.  While none of the releases from the school updating his condition have stated the exact nature of his injuries, the Des Moines Register reports that two broken legs and two broken ribs were among the injuries Podolak suffered.

Here’s the complete text of the latest statement from Podolak’s daughter Laura:

“I talked to my dad this morning and he wants to again express how thankful and overwhelmed he is by all of the wonderful well wishes sent to him from Hawkeye fans all across the nation. Because of his condition, he’s been in contact with only his immediate family, but he has received notes of encouragement from the Kansas City Chiefs, the University of Iowa and leaders of Hawkeye nation.

“Dad is being medicated because of the number of surgeries he’s undergone up to this point. He’s aware that it’s going to be a challenging and lengthy rehabilitation for him to return to his full physical abilities. But, he’s confident that overall he will return as a better man. He wants to thank God, his higher power, for protecting him in this unfortunate accident. The injuries could have been much worse.

“I have always been in awe of my dad’s strength and perseverance, so his positive attitude at this time does not surprise me. It only inspires me to live every day to the fullest and not take any moment for granted.

“Thanks to all for your love and support.”