Former OL Tigers Rich Ohrnberger admits to intentionally wrecking car as excuse for being late to team meeting

Former OL Tigers Rich Ohrnberger admits to intentionally wrecking car as excuse for being late to team meeting

Playing for Bill Belichick can be intimidating for some NFL players. Former New England Patriots offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger once went to great lengths to make sure he wasn’t on Belichick’s bad side.

Ar The Hartman and Rich O Show on XTRA 1360, Ohrnberger said he woke up late for a staff meeting one day. Instantly, Ohrnberger knew he was in trouble.

“You don’t want to be the guy who walks into a team meeting and Bill Belichick and the rest of the team look at you,” Ohrnberger said.

After frantically gathering everything he needed for the day, Ohrnberger bolted out the door and into his car, but he still knew he was going to be late for the meeting. It was at that moment that Ohrnberger became concerned about his spot on the roster, which resulted in him intentionally ending a church van to create an excuse for himself.

“I have this sinking feeling in my stomach like I’m going to get cut,” Ohrnberger said. “I won’t have this football team coming tomorrow. What am I going to do? I’m cruising down this little steep hill that brings you as far as this right that I have to take to go to the stadium for the morning meeting.

“I see a church van in front of me that’s all dinged up. It’s got black smoke coming out of the tailpipe. I’m like, ‘I’m going to hit this car.’ I’m going to end this car I’m going to crash this car because it’s better to pay the insurance or get a few hundred bucks off this guy than embarrass myself for being late to the Patriots team meeting this. man, who by the way, was a minute from being 100 years old.”

Ohrnberger said he immediately felt bad when the man got out of the van and tried to apologize. Eventually, Ohrnberger arrived at the facility and spoke with Bill Belichick’s assistant, who was none too pleased. Ohrnberger was then directed to the offensive line room, and his friend wasn’t bothering his position coach.

“Dante Scarnecchia, my offensive line coach, was the first one,” Ohrnberger said. “He said, ‘How’s it going, speed racer?’ I was like, ‘What is that?’ He says, ‘Run a bit late this morning?’ I was like, ‘Dante, I got into an accident.’ It’s like, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah. That stuff might fly at IBM if you’re one of those geeks that works on the computers and stuff. That stuff doesn’t work here. You’re going to time from now on.'”

Ohrnberger went on to play three seasons with the Patriots and spent three more years in the NFL between the Arizona Cardinals and San Diego Chargers.

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