Live and learn, Odell says

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Odell Beck­ham Jr. ac­knowl­edged on Sun­day hav­ing “re­grets” about the trip to Mi­ami he and other Giants re­ceivers made the Mon­day be­fore a wild-card play­off game against the Pack­ers last month.

Beck­ham, ap­pear­ing as a guest an­a­lyst on ESPN “Post­sea­son NFL Count­down,” was asked by host Suzy Kol­ber about a re­cent com­ment from fel­low re­ceiver Vic­tor Cruz that the much-dis­cussed, much-crit­i­cized trip was not worth the trou­ble.

“Kind of go­ing off what he said, and I saw his state­ment and I talked to him about it,” Beck­ham said, “I think what he was say­ing was all the ex­tra at­ten­tion and dis­trac­tion it caused for our team and our or­ga­ni­za­tion, I don’t think any of us wanted that. That’s where the re­grets may lie.

“But as far as go­ing back on it, you live and you learn. You make de­ci­sions and you have to live with the con­se­quences. You have to be will­ing to do that. And that was the case. It’s some­thing that I’ll be able to look back on in life and you just grow from it and that’s all you can do.

“You have to take it and move on. You can’t sit back and keep con­tin­u­ing to dwell on it, oth­er­wise I won’t re­ally be liv­ing life.”

Beck­ham also ad­mit­ted that he was, in fact, the per­son who punched a hole in a wall near the Giants’ locker-room at Lam­beau Field out of frus­tra­tion af­ter the 38-13 loss to the Pack­ers.

“Hon­estly, I’ve learned my les­son about that,” he said. “I didn’t sit there and punch a wall, man. It was lit­er­ally a piece of pa­per, Sheetrock. It just hap­pened.”

For­mer Jets and Bills coach Rex Ryan, who ap­peared as a guest an­a­lyst for ESPN, said, “You know what’s great, though, the en­tire league, what you and ev­ery­body else have in com­mon, you’re not per­fect. That’s just the way it is. But you can come play for me any time. I have to get a job first.”

BOB LEVEY, GETTY IM­AGES

Emily Ratajkowski and Odell Beck­ham Jr. of the New York Giants ap­pear at the NFL Hon­ors.

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