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Keyshawn happy with team's win

Published November 25, 2003

TAMPA - The first thing Keyshawn Johnson wanted to know was the score.

"Who won the game?" Johnson asked. "I only saw the first quarter."

When Johnson was informed the Bucs had beaten the Giants 19-13 Monday, he sounded relieved.

"That's good. That's good. I'm glad they won the game," he said. "Actually, I thought they would win."

Johnson, Tampa Bay's disgruntled receiver who was deactivated for the final six games, said he watched the first quarter at his mother's house just outside Los Angeles.

Having been hired as an NFL correspondent by Fox, he said he "practiced my play-calling."

He listened to part of the first half on the radio during his ride to the airport and had heard that Charles Lee played well. Lee had five catches for 91 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown.

"I'm happy for Charles and happy that they won," Johnson said. "It goes to show that Charles Lee belongs in this league and all you need is an opportunity to do well. Charles will take advantage of it."

Johnson said he received a few calls before the game from some teammates, including linebacker Derrick Brooks, who telephoned him from the locker room at Raymond James Stadium.

"I'm pulling for them," Johnson said. "I want everybody on that team to do well. I talked to Derrick Brooks before the game. He called from the locker room to make sure I was watching them play."

Asked how he felt watching his former team, Johnson said, "To tell you the truth, it felt like I was hurt or something."

[Last modified November 25, 2003, 02:06:38]

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