The fear that Bill Belichick has over players will them do crazy things to not be on his bad side.
For Rich Ohrnberger, he had to make a drastic decision or watch his career be turned upside down. The New England Patriots’ fourth-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, Ohrnberger found himself in the dreaded position of sleeping past his alarm during his rookie season and realizing he had no shot of making his team meeting on time.
The young offensive lineman did what any rational person would do: He purposely got into a car accident so he’d have an excuse for being late.
That’s what Ohrnberger claimed in a crazy story he told Thursday on “The Hartman And Rich O Show” on San Diego’s XTRA1360.
“I was driving a Chevy Tahoe, and it says I’m late already,” Ohrnberger recalled, continuing, “Or, I’m gonna be. I’m like 5 minutes to being officially late, and I’ve got a 15-minute drive ahead of me.”
“I had this sinking feeling in my stomach,” and the entire time, he kept thinking to himself, “I’m gonna get cut.”
Ohrnberger said he spotted a beat-up van and came up with the idea to smash into it.
“And I’m cruising down this slight sloping hill that brings you to the first traffic light,” Ohrnberger said, “that I have to turn right to get to the stadium for the morning meeting.”
“I see a church van in front of me that’s all dinged up, and it’s got the black smoke coming out of the exhaust pipe, and I’m just like, ‘I’m gonna hit this car.'”
The church van actually had an elderly man inside, but he did not sustain any injuries.