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Ed Podolak

Ed Podolak

RB

1969-1977

Born: September 1, 1947 (Atlantic, IA)

College: Iowa

Drafted: By Chiefs, 1969 / 2nd Rd (48th overall)

Career Highlights:

  • All-AFC, 1970
  • NFL single-game post-season record, most total yards (350), 1971
  • Chiefs Hall of Fame Inductee, 1989

A quarterback for much of his career at the University of lowa, Podolak made the switch to running back in his rookie year in 1969 and retired as the Chiefs’ all-time leading rusher. Deceptively quick and notoriously hard to arm-tackle, Podolak ground out yardage in slashing bursts, and was surprisingly difficult to catch once he reached the open field. His career was defined by his epic performance in the 1971 AFC Divisional Playoff game, the Chiefs’ heartbreaking 27-24 double-overtime loss to Miami on Christmas Day. Though his team fell, Podolak scored two touchdowns and racked up 350 yards in all-purpose offense, still an NFL postseason record. Famed broadcaster Curt Gowdy repeatedly called it “the greatest one-man performance I’ve ever seen in football.”

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