Tom Brady wasn't always an angel on his off days

There's been a lot of Odell Beckham Jr. finger-wagging going on Monday, but don't expect Tom Brady to join the chorus.

The Patriots quarterback -- currently prepping for his 32nd playoff start -- told Boston radio station WEEI that it's not unusual for players to leave the region on their off days. Once upon a time, Brady himself would fly cross country when he had the chance.

"It's a tricky situation," Brady said, via "Players are off. Everyone decides what they want to do in their off time. When I was young, I did a lot of things when I look back I probably wish I wouldn't have done -- flying across country and things like that. It just wasn't publicized."

One such trip led to a biting case of remorse from the four-time Super Bowl champion.

"I was from California so when I had off time that's where I went. Looking back, there was one time I was actually injured pretty good, and I decided to do it, and I landed, and then I stayed overnight, and then I realized I better fly back. I flew back the next morning because it wasn't a very smart decision.

"You're younger, you don't have all the experience that you have. I'm at a point where doing this as long as I have, I cherish the opportunity that I have, and I'm putting everything into it. I'll have time at the end of the year to do things I need to do. But right now I have to focus on what my job is, and that's to put everything I can into this week."

Translation: Beckham and company should have gone home after the Redskins win last week ... but that's the type of stuff you learn in time. Tom Brady would be an excellent life coach when he retires from the NFL. If he retires from the NFL.

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