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Former New England Patriots offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger overslept during his rookie season in 2009 and was late for a meeting.
But that’s not what he told the Pats. Instead, out of fear that he would be cut by notoriously strict head coach Bill Belichick, he purposely got into a car accident for a better excuse.
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“You don’t want to be the guy who walks into a team meeting and has Bill Belichick and the rest of the team look at you,” he told “Hartman and the Rich O Show.“
“I see a church van in front of me that’s completely wrecked and it’s got this black smoke coming out of the tailpipe. I’m just like, ‘I’m going to hit this car.’ I’m going to rear end this car,” Ohrnberger said, trying to hold back a laugh. “I’m going to rear end this car, because it’s better to pay the insurance or, say, rip this guy off a couple of hundred dollars than be embarrassed to be late to this Patriots team.”
Ohrnberger said the driver of the van was “like, minutes from being 100 years old,” and then it started raining on both of them.
“The worst is if you got pneumonia after I rear-ended your car,” he said.
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While Ohrnberger didn’t hit the van hard, he said it was enough to give the Patriots “visual evidence” that he had indeed ended up in a minor wreck. He added that he later found out that someone checked his car in the parking lot.
However, Belichick’s assistant was still “pissed off” that he was late.
“And I can go to hell,” he joked.
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Ohrnberger was not cut, but only played in five games with the Pats over a two-year span. He played in 13 games with the Arizona Cardinals in 2012, and then 24 games with the then-San Diego Chargers in 2013 and 2014 before retiring.