If you ever find yourself running late for work, don’t take the advice of former New England Patriots lineman Rich Ornberger. Rather than face the wrath of Bill Belichick, Ornberger chose to deliberately get into a car accident when he was late for practice.
Ornberger told the story on his radio show on Thursday. It all started when Ornberger’s phone died in the middle of the night. His alarm clock never went off, causing him to wake up late. Ornberger rushed to his car, but on the way he realized that he would be 10 minutes late for the team meeting.
Fearing that he would be made redundant for being late, Ornberger deliberately crashed into another car to present Belichick with a good reason for being late.
Ornberger said he didn’t hit the car hard, which was a church van. But he needed to hit it hard enough to dent his own car so he could provide the Patriots with evidence of the accident. Ornberger said that before leaving for training, he gave information about his insurance and some money to the van driver.
Ornberger said he spoke to Belichick’s aide and waited in the offensive linemen’s conference room until the entire team’s meeting was over. The first person Ornberger saw was offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia, who seemed to know exactly what was going on. Scarnecchia reportedly told Ornberger that his stunt could be run elsewhere, but should be on time from now on.
Ornberger did not specify when the incident occurred. He was selected by the Patriots in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft and spent three seasons with the team. In 2011, the team placed him in IR and did not participate in the games. The Patriots massacred Ornberger in 2012.
After his release, Ornberger played three more seasons in the NFL, one with the Arizona Cardinals and two with the San Diego Chargers.