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Ben on the 'strict diet' report: 'Somethings get exaggerated a little bit from golf analysts'

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Ryan Burr, who has worked for NBC Sports, ESPN and Fox Sports Pittsburgh (now AT&T Sportsnet) sent out a series of tweets last week in regards to Ben Roethlisberger's physical shape and what he's hearing from his camp.

Burr said a source told him that Roethlisberger is taking a Tom Brady approach to his diet and that it's even stricter than Brady's.

"Ben camp says (the) biggest concern is weight loss," Burr tweeted. "He has been so driven since (the) season ended. Source says his diet is stricter than (Brady's)."

Burr's report got the attention of both the Pittsburgh and national media, and it was a huge talking point.

Roethlisberger was asked about Burr's report after the Steelers' first training camp practice yesterday, and the future Hall of Famer wasn't too happy about it.

“My camp is my wife, my agent and my trainer, and I know that none of them talked to the person, so I’m not really sure where that information came from,” Roethlisberger said via 93.7 The Fan.

Roethlisberger also took a jab at Burr for the false report.

“Somethings get exaggerated a little bit from golf analysts.”

While Roethlisberger isn't on something similar to the TB12 diet, he still looks in great shape heading into his 18th season, which is crucial for the 39-year-old quarterback.

“You work on your diet, you work on exercise and you have to do everything you can to get yourself ready to play this game at this age and for this many years,” Roethlisberger said.

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