Steelers Six From Around The Web – Wednesday June 22nd – Ben Been Burress Buddy Edition

Ben Roethlisberger says he’s been in frequent contact with Plaxico Burress since Burress was released from prison earlier this month, and he’s excited about what Burress can do when he returns to the football field. “I’ve talked to Plax a number of times in the last couple of weeks,” Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I told him, ‘Hey, if you came back here that would be awesome, but I’m just happy to see you playing again’ because he’s a good guy.”

Bob Pompeani caught up with Roethlisberger and Brett Keisel on day two of the Roethlisberger annual football camp and Ben talked about the offseason workouts and Keisel talked about his beard.

Adam Schefter reported yesterday that unsigned players with four or more accrued seasons are expected to become unrestricted free agents in the next CBA. That means Steelers tackle Willie Colon, tight end Matt Spaeth, cornerback William Gay and punter Daniel Sepulveda will all likely be considered unrestricted free agents whenever free agency begins as expected.

Hines Ward was named as a Goodwill Ambassador for KORUS Future Vision at the UN in New York yesterday and the ceremony was attended by H.E. Sung-Hwan Kim, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea.

Bob Barrickman checks in with former Steelers linebacker Mike Merriweather, who still has no regrets for sitting out the 1988 season over a salary dispute.

Former Steelers offensive lineman Kendall Simmons, who was a first-round draft pick in 2002, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes weeks before the 2003 season started. Simmons is a big advocate now for diabetes education and tells about his early diabetes battles as a Steeler.

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