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Ex-Chiefs RB Podolak expected to recover after being hit by car

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The daughter of former Kansas City Chiefs running back Ed Podolak said he's in stable condition at a hospital in Scottsdale, where he was hit by a car while crossing a street.

Laura Podolak said in a statement Tuesday that he's undergoing "minor" surgeries and is in good spirits.

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

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.

He's now a commentator on Iowa football radio broadcasts.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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