Ex-Patriot: I crashed my car intentionally so Bill Belichick wouldn't cut me

This is one of the more bizarre things you'll see today.

Michael Whitaker

Legendary New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is a notorious stickler and known for his gruff and no-nonsense attitude when it comes to both his players and media members. 

So much in fact, that one former member of the team admitted to doing something drastic in order to avoid being cut from the team. Rich Ohrnberger, who was selected with New England's 4th round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, had his phone run out of battery overnight and he overslept the morning of a team meeting. 

So, in order to avoid Belichick's wrath, he intentionally got into a car accident, as he explained during an appearance on "The Hartman and Rich O. Show" on San Diego's XTRA1360. 

“My phone died overnight,” he said. “I realize I’m waking up to the sound of chirping birds and my alarm not going off. I am frantic. I don’t even bother looking at the clock. I know I’m late. I know I’m late.”

"I have this sinking feeling in my stomach like, ‘I’m going to get cut. [Bill Belichick] is not going to have me on this football team come tomorrow. What do I do?"

"I’m just like, ‘I’m gonna hit this car. I’m gonna rear end this car. I’m gonna hit this car, because it’s better to pay the insurance or peel off this guy a couple hundred bucks than embarrassing myself being late for this Patriots team meeting,’” he said.

He would play three years for the Patriots, followed by time with the San Diego Chargers and Arizona Cardinals.