Adam Podlesh hopes to resume NFL career

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Punter Adam Podlesh signed with the Steelers for the 2014 season, but didn’t wind up making it to training camp with the team because of a family emergency.

Podlesh’s wife developed a serious complication with a pregnancy that forced an emergency delivery of the couple’s son. Podlesh’s wife had to spend time in intensive care because she was having trouble breathing and the punter opted to walk away from football to focus on the needs at home.

Everyone in the Podlesh family is doing well now, which leaves the punting member of the clan to give a comeback a try. He’s been working out and said he’s set up a meeting with a team in the coming weeks.

“I feel like I’m good enough to do it and it’s a passion of mine,” Podlesh said, via WLTV. “You have to have the spirit and passion to play this game and I still have it. … I haven’t been told I’m not good enough yet and until I get told I’m not good enough and that I should exit the league. I feel like I should give it another shot as long as it’s feasible for my family.”

Podlesh has seven years of experience in the NFL, four with the Jaguars and three with the Bears before signing with the Steelers.

11 responses to “Adam Podlesh hopes to resume NFL career

  1. Hopefully teams don’t hold that camp walkout against him, because that is certainly a legitimate reason. Best of luck to him and his family.

  2. Regardless of how his career works out, I am glad to hear that all is well with his family. As a father, nothing keeps me up at night more than the thought of losing a child or my wife. This is a reminder that, as much time, money, and energy we put into this game as fans, it is still just a game and there are more important things in life.

  3. Bring Podlesh back to JAX. Fire the third round punter who was drafted before Russell Wilson, Oliver Vernon in favor of a fourth round punter.

    Jeez the Jags earlier management kept on drafting punters …. and with all due respect that was a better selection by them by far.

  4. Not a great punter but held his own in difficult conditions at Soldier Field. Now I see he certainly has mental toughness and a lot of incentive – plus family support.

    I think he’ll be punting for some team the first week of the NFL season.

  5. Of course the Steelers slammed the door in his face. This organization is always holding grudges unless you’re accused of rape.

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