Steelers ready for football after bumpy offseason

By WILL GRAVES - AP Sports Writer
    2013-07-26 12:31

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey says he understands why people got so upset when he wore a hat supporting former college teammate Aaron Hernandez and is ready to move on.

Pouncey apologized again on Friday for wearing a hat that read ``Free Hernandez'' during a birthday party in Miami earlier this month. Pouncey played at Florida with the former New England Patriots tight end, who has pleaded not guilty to murder charges.

Pouncey says he ``took a lot of heat'' for wearing the hat and he ``probably should have.'' The three-time Pro Bowler says he spoke to coach Mike Tomlin about the situation and believes it will ``blow away.''

Pouncey and the rest of the Steelers reported to training camp on Friday. The first full workout is Saturday afternoon.