Rich Ohrnberger
Ohrnberger signs autographs prior to Penn State's 2008 Blue & White spring scrimmage.
No. 72     San Diego Chargers
Guard / Center
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-02-14) February 14, 1986 (age 34)
Place of birth: East Meadow, New York
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 300 lb (136 kg)
Career information
College: Penn State
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 4 / Pick: 123
Debuted in 2009 for the New England Patriots
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 13, 2011
Games played     18
Games started     4
Fumbles recovered     0
Stats at

Richard Paul Ohrnberger (born February 14, 1986) is an American football offensive guard for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Penn State.

Ohrnberger has also played for the Arizona Cardinals.

Early yearsEdit

Ohrnberger was a three-year letterman and two-year captain in football at East Meadow High School in East Meadow, New York, where he also lettered in lacrosse. He was named New York AA Player-of-the-Year in 2003 and was a two-time all-conference, two-time all-county, all-metro and All-Long Island selection. He won the Thorp and Martone awards, given to Nassau County's most outstanding player and most outstanding lineman, respectively.

Ohrnberger played in both the Governor's Bowl and Empire Challenge high school all-star games.

College careerEdit

Ohrnberger started every game in 2007 at left guard and was named second-team All-Big Ten.

In 2008, Ohrnberger earned third-team Associated Press All-America honors while paving the way for the NCAA's 15th-best rushing offense.[1][2] He was also named first-team All-Big Ten that season,[3] and played in the 2009 Texas vs. The Nation Game.[4]

Ohrnberger earned a reputation as a class clown and prankster while at Penn State. Perhaps his most infamous prank involved impersonating teammate A. Q. Shipley during an October 2008, conference call interview with reporters.[5][6] He performed stand-up comedy at the Hollywood Improv during team activities prior to the 2009 Rose Bowl.[7]

Professional careerEdit

New England PatriotsEdit

Ohrnberger was drafted by the New England Patriots in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft, with a pick they ultimately obtained from trading cornerback Ellis Hobbs to the Philadelphia Eagles. He signed a four-year, $2.20 million contract on June 16, 2009. The deal included a $451,000 signing bonus.[8] Ohrnberger was active for three games for the Patriots in 2009, seeing time at right guard with starter Stephen Neal injured and backup Dan Connolly lining up at fullback.

Ohrnberger was waived by the Patriots during final cuts on September 4, 2010. He cleared waivers and was re-signed to the team's practice squad the next day. He was promoted to the 53-man roster on September 29, 2010, before the team's Week 4 game. He was active for two games in the 2010 season, both as a reserve.

Arizona CardinalsEdit

Ohrnberger signed a contract with the Arizona Cardinals on August 1, 2012.

San Diego ChargersEdit

Ohrnberger signed with the San Diego Chargers on March 21, 2013.[9]


  1. Samuel, Ebenezer (2009-04-24). "Local New York City prospects ready to make some noise at NFL Draft". New York Daily News.
  2. "AP All-America Team". Associated Press. 2008-12-16. Retrieved 2008-12-16.[dead link]
  3. "Big Ten Announces 2008 Football All-Conference Teams And Individual Honors". Big Ten Conference. 2008-11-24. Retrieved 2008-11-25.
  4. Rittenberg, Adam (2009-01-14). "Big Ten sends 11 to Texas vs. The Nation game". ESPN. Retrieved 2009-01-15.
  5. Rose, Adam (2008-12-31). "Penn State's Rich Ohrnberger is laughing all the way". Los Angeles Times.
  6. Armas, Genaro C. (2008-10-09). "Penn State's O-line majors in laughs". Associated Press.
  7. Wogenrich, Mark (2008-12-31). "Penn State's Rich Ohrnberger flexes his comedic muscles". Los Angeles Times.
  8. Gasper, Christopher L. (2009-06-16). "Pats sign Ohrnberger". The Boston Globe.
  9. Chargers Sign Ohrnberger

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