Ed Podolak takes the cake in 400th Hawkeye radio broadcast

Rick Brown
Ed Podolak with pre-game cake celebrating his 400th radio game

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Ed Podolak got his cake Saturday. He ate it, too.

Podolak, the former Iowa and Kansas City Chiefs standout, called his 400thHawkeye football game as a radio analyst Saturday.

Before the Iowa-Minnesota contest at TCF Bank Stadium, Iowa's athletic department presented Podolak with a cake to honor the achievement. Podolak started in 1982, working alongside the late Jim Zabel.

Podolak and Gary Dolphin have been the announcing tandem since 1997.

On the first play from scrimmage in that 1997 opener, Tavian Banks ran for a touchdown.

"It was all downhill from there," Podolak said.

Iowa won the game, 66-0.

Podolak was working his 33rd Iowa-Minnesota game Saturday. He's called more games involving Minnesota than any other team.

Podolak's most memorable game came in 1985, when No. 1 Iowa beat No. 2 Michigan at Kinnick Stadium, 12-10, on Rob Houghtlin's last-second field goal.

"I'd have to say that was it," Podolak said. "That was back when beating Michigan was a big deal. You can't beat that one. We were No. 1, they were No. 2, it came down to a field goal at the end, and everyone went crazy."