World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Toni Fritsch

Article Id: WHEBN0002674252
Reproduction Date:

Title: Toni Fritsch  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: 1977 Pittsburgh Steelers season, 1978–79 NFL playoffs, Super Bowl VI, 1975 Los Angeles Rams season, List of Austrian sportspeople
Collection: 1945 Births, 2005 Deaths, American Conference Pro Bowl Players, American Football Placekickers, Association Football Forwards, Austria International Footballers, Austrian Expatriates in the United States, Austrian Football Bundesliga Players, Austrian Footballers, Austrian Players of American Football, Dallas Cowboys Players, Deaths from Heart Failure, Deaths from Myocardial Infarction, Footballers Who Switched Code, Houston Gamblers Players, Houston Oilers Players, New Orleans Saints Players, People from Bruck an Der Leitha District, San Diego Chargers Players, Sk Rapid Wien Players, Super Bowl Champions, Undrafted National Football League Players
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Toni Fritsch

Toni Fritsch
Personal information
Full name Anton Fritsch
Date of birth (1945-07-10)July 10, 1945
Place of birth Petronell-Carnuntum, Austria
Date of death September 13, 2005(2005-09-13) (aged 60)
Place of death Vienna, Austria
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963–1971 Rapid Wien 123 (15)
National team
1965–1968 Austria 9 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 June 2008.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 June 2008
Toni Fritsch
No. 15, 16
Position: Kicker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1945-07-10)July 10, 1945
Place of birth: Vienna, Austria
Date of death: September 13, 2005(2005-09-13) (aged 60)
Place of death: Vienna, Austria
Height: 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
Undrafted: 1971
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 125
Field goals made: 137
Field goal attempts: 231
Extra points made: 287
Extra point attempts: 300
Stats at
Stats at

Anton K. "Toni" Fritsch (July 10, 1945 – September 13, 2005) was an Austrian footballer who later started a successful career in American football in the United States.


  • Soccer career 1
  • Football career 2
    • Dallas Cowboys 2.1
    • San Diego Chargers 2.2
    • Houston Oilers 2.3
    • New Orleans Saints 2.4
    • Houston Gamblers (USFL) 2.5
  • Personal life 3
  • Honours (soccer) 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Soccer career

Fritsch started to play association football (soccer) at an early age and joined the Austrian record titleholder Rapid Vienna at the age of 13. After six seasons, he was admitted to the club's first league team and played his first professional game in fall 1964. During his time there, he played 123 games for Rapid, scoring 15 goals. The team won the Austrian Championship three times (1964, 1967, 1968) and the Austrian Cup twice (1968, 1969). He was described as a small, but extremely fast striker.

He played for the Austria national football team nine times. He scored two goals when Austria defeated England 3-2 in London's Wembley Stadium on October 20, 1965, from which his nickname "Wembley-Toni" is derived. This was only the third time for a continental team to beat England at home (following Hungary in 1953 and Sweden in 1959).

Football career

Dallas Cowboys

Fritsch was a soccer player who never played a down of American football, that the Dallas Cowboys converted into a place kicker. He was discovered by the team's scouts during a 1971 European tour, in which they were looking for soccer-style kickers, which at the time was becoming popular in the NFL. The first city they went to was Vienna and the first player they tried was Fritsch. Though hardly speaking any English at all, he decided to sign a contract as an undrafted free agent, move to the United States and join the team's training camp.

He was activated on November 1 after starting the season on the taxi squad,[1] making his NFL debut against the St. Louis Cardinals, where he kicked a game-winning field goal in a 16-13 victory.[2] That year he suffered from a pulled hamstring muscle and shared kicking duties with Mike Clark.[3] In 1972, he made a club record 21 field goals and was a part of the Super Bowl VI winning team,[4] the first Austrian to do so.

In 1974, he was lost for the season after injuring his knee and was replaced with Efren Herrera.[5] The next year Herrera was placed on the injured reserve list and Fritsch came back to lead the NFL in points (104) and field goals (22 - tied with Jan Stenerud). On September 6, 1976, because of inconsistencies,[6] he was traded to the San Diego Chargers in exchange for an eighth round draft choice (#208-Al Cleveland).

San Diego Chargers

With the San Diego Chargers he played in 5 games before being waived because he was inconsistent.[7]

Houston Oilers

On September 18, 1977, he was signed as a free agent by the Houston Oilers and led the American Football Conference with a 75% field goal average.[8] He was a part of the franchise's "Luv Ya Blue" period. In 1979, he received All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors. The next year he led the league with a 79.2% field goal average. He was cut on September 3, 1982, after being beaten by Florian Kempf.[9]

New Orleans Saints

Fritsch was signed as a free agent by the New Orleans Saints in 1982, to replace an injured rookie Morten Andersen and reuniting with his former head coach Bum Phillips.[10] On December 21, 1982, he announced his retirement.[11] He finished with 758 points in 125 games during his 11-year NFL career, among those 317 for Dallas. He led the NFL in field goal percentage three times (1977, 1979, 1980). His NFL record of having kicked a field goal in 13 straight playoff games was tied by Adam Vinatieri on January 13, 2007.

Houston Gamblers (USFL)

In 1984, he came out of retirement to sign with the Houston Gamblers of the United States Football League and at the end of the season received All-League honors.[12] He converted 42 of 50 field goals and 126 of 131 extra points for a total of 252 points in two seasons.

Personal life

After his retirement he worked in Europe as a sports commentator and in the world of finance, providing support to Austrian businessmen who wanted to settle in the United States. Even though Fritsch worked for his former Austrian football (soccer) club Rapid Vienna for one year in 1992-1993, he remained a resident of Houston throughout the rest of his life.

On September 13, 2005, Fritsch suddenly collapsed on a Vienna street after a meal at a restaurant. He died of heart failure at the age of 60.[13]

Honours (soccer)


  1. ^,540603&hl=en
  2. ^,4185170&hl=en
  3. ^,5386484&hl=en
  4. ^,4740457&hl=en
  5. ^,837582&hl=en
  6. ^,1871604&hl=en
  7. ^,5605508&hl=en
  8. ^,4468873&hl=en
  9. ^,1764630&hl=en
  10. ^,7141658&hl=en
  11. ^,4094134&hl=en
  12. ^,5815321&hl=en
  13. ^

External links

  • Biography at
  • Toni Fritsch at
  • Rapid profile at
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.