Toni Linhart
Toni Linhart 1978.JPG
Personal information
Full name Anton Hans Jörg Linhart
Date of birth (1942-07-24)24 July 1942
Place of birth Donawitz, Austria
Date of death 12 May 2013(2013-05-12) (aged 70)
Place of death Timonium, Maryland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1970 Wiener Sportclub 195 (7)
1970–1972 First Vienna FC 44 (0)
1973–1974 Badener AC
National team
1963–1969 Austria 6 (1)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals
Toni Linhart
Born:(1942-07-24)24 July 1942
Donawitz, Austria
Died:12 May 2013(2013-05-12) (aged 70)
Timonium, Maryland
Career information
Position(s)Kicker
Career history
As player
1972New Orleans Saints
1974–1979Baltimore Colts
1979New York Jets
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls1976, 1977
Awards

Anton Hans Jörg Linhart (24 July 1942 – 12 May 2013) was an Austrian football player who later started a successful career in American football in the U.S.

Career

Linhart was born in Donawitz, now part of Leoben, Austria. He played association football for Wiener Sportclub in the Austrian Bundesliga and also for the Austria national football team.

In 1972 he moved to the US and joined the New Orleans Saints in the National Football League as a placekicker. He spent most of his NFL career with the Baltimore Colts. Linhart was voted into the Pro Bowl twice, and was the NFL's leading scorer in 1976. Toni Linhart is one of only three Austrians who have played in the NFL, the other two being Ray Wersching and Toni Fritsch, also placekickers in the 1970s.

Linhart started the 1979 season with the Baltimore Colts, but was cut after playing 3 games. The New York Jets signed him before week 8 to fill in for the injured Pat Leahy. On 11 November 1979, the Jets lost to the Buffalo Bills 14-12 – the difference coming from two missed extra points by Linhart. The following week, Linhart missed an extra point and a field goal in a 23-13 Jets loss to the Chicago Bears. He never played in the NFL again after this.

On 12 May 2013, Toni Linhart died in Timonium, Maryland, aged 70.[1]

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