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Gruden on Keyshawn: “You’ve got to have some thick skin”

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TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 12: Head Coach Jon Gruden of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is happy after his team scores against the Miami Dolphins on August 12, 2002 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Buccaneers defeated the Dolphins 14-10. (Photo By Eliot Schechter/Getty Images)

Eliot J. Schechter

On Sunday, ESPN analyst Keyshawn Johnson took a shot at ESPN analyst Jon Gruden, saying that Gruden messed with his head when Johnson played for him. On Wednesday, Gruden took his opportunity to respond.

During an appearance on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike in the Morning, Gruden was asked about players publicly criticizing coaches, and he quickly turned it into an opportunity to bring up Johnson’s comments.

“I had a guy on SportsCenter say he couldn’t get along with me the other day on TV,” Gruden said. “So I know how it feels. You’ve got to have some thick skin, and you’ve got to know when things get tough there are going to be some negative things said.”

It actually wasn’t SportsCenter, it was Sunday NFL Countdown, but it was interesting that Gruden felt the need to bring up Johnson’s comments. If Gruden’s skin were really thick, wouldn’t he just let it go?

In any event, I have a feeling this is the last we’re going to hear about it, as ESPN will likely tell both guys to put a sock in it.