"I've never been bothered by the fans' reaction," he said. "I played World Cup soccer before over 120,000 people. I just give total concentration to my job."

In Baltimore's third game, a 13-10 loss to the Cleveland Browns, he missed three short field-goal tries. Team owner Bob Irsay approached Linhart in the locker room afterward and promised him a $10,000 raise "for trying."

Three days later, the Colts released Linhart.

"I thought that I was going to get another chance," he said. "Well, my second chance was kicking some in practice Wednesday."

His final Colts numbers: 70 field goals in 116 attempts (60.3 percent), and 184 of 194 extra points (94.8 percent).

Linhart finished the season with the New York Jets, then retired. He settled in Baltimore, ran a distribution business for many years and participated in community service, including the St. Vincent's Child Abuse Center and the Ed Block Courage Awards Foundation.

He dealt with his cancer "like a stoic Austrian," Laird said.

"He was resolute, never conceding the fact that things wouldn't work out," Domres said. "In April, he was still going to the gym twice a day to work out. He never talked about his illness as a diminishing end game.

"He was always a world-class athlete looking forward to the next competition."

Linhart is survived by his wife, Renate, and son, Bernd.

Funeral services information was incomplete Sunday. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to NativeVision at the Johns Hopkins University Center for American Indian Health, 621 N. Washington St., Baltimore, MD 21205. Visitation will be Wednesday, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Ruck Funeral Home, 1050 York Road, in Towson. A Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at The Church of The Immaculate Conception, 200 Ware Ave., in Towson.

mike.klingaman@baltsun.com

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