Former Iowa radio analyst to seek treatment

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Former Iowa football player and radio analyst Ed Podolak will seek treatment after resigning from his post earlier this month.

Pictures of Podolak at a bar during Iowa's trip to the Outback Bowl surfaced on the Web shortly before his resignation, though he said that the decision to step down had more to do with his expiring contract with Learfield Communications and traveling to the Midwest each week from his home in northern California.

Podolak, a former star quarterback and halfback at Iowa who later starred for the Kansas City Chiefs, issued the following statement this morning through Iowa's sports information department.

"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. 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."

Podolak was charged with public intoxication and interference with official acts in 1997 after police found him asleep on the Iowa campus.

Iowa athletic director Gary Barta reiterated his support for Podolak in a statement. Barta also left the door open for Podolak to return to the booth following treatment.

"I talked with Ed over the weekend, and he sounded positive and focused about his decision," Barta said in a statement. "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."