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© St. Petersburg Times, published September 25, 2000

Strong safety Chris Hayes on how his friend, Bucs wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, might have felt after the loss: "Any game he loses he gets real upset, but I know he's probably hurting a little more over this one. I know it's burning him up. ... He's sick right now, oh, he's sick -- he needs some Pepto Bismol."

Coach Al Groh on his team's resiliency: "The score speaks for itself. We trusted each other throughout the game. The offense trusted the defense, the defense trusted the offense and the special teams was trusted by all of us. We have a saying around that "the hotter the fire, the harder the steel,' and we have been through some fires these first four games."

Quarterback Vinny Testaverde on getting benched in the fourth quarter, only to come back and lead his team to victory in the final minutes: "I didn't know I was coming out and just stayed close to the coaches and listened to the play-calling. Nothing really bothers me because I've been through so much that I feel I can handle anything that comes my way."

Cornerback Aaron Glenn on the matchup with the Bucs: "They wanted a war; we gave them a war. You all thought they were a better team. We've just got to keep going out and playing 60 minutes of football. Then things are going to work out for us."

Tight end Fred Baxter on the pregame hype: "We just tried to downplay the hype and focus on this game and nothing else. In the NFL, you have to play 60 minutes of football. This is the NFL."

Groh on benching Testaverde in the fourth quarter: "Things hadn't been going smoothly for us, and we were all getting a little frustrated out there. After we got the ball back so quickly, I thought it was a good time for Vinny not to go out there and let him sit for a second. But he's won a lot of games for us and Vinny's our guy."

Wide receiver Wayne Chrebet on the passing skills of running back Curtis Martin, who threw the winning touchdown on a halfback pass: "Curtis isn't the best passer in the world, but he got it to me. I really think this was destiny."

Defensive end John Abraham on what the victory meant to his team: "I really think we needed this win. We never gave up, and at the end we won. I feel proud of the way I played and hope it was an indication of what is to come."

Testaverde on his feelings coming back to Tampa: "Coming here had no bearing on how I approached the game. You may think otherwise, but that's honestly the way I was thinking. ... It didn't go the way we wanted to for much of the game, but it ended up just like we hoped it would."

Hayes on Chrebet: "Wayne is a great player. I know a lot of guys don't give him the respect that he deserves, but I'm a Wayne Chrebet believer. He gets it done -- I don't care what anybody says."

Testaverde: "I feel like the fourth quarter belongs to me. We've gotten it done over and over and time and again (in the fourth quarter)."

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