Steelers' Roethlisberger is Highest-Paid NFL Player

His paychecks also place him on the list of the world's highest-paid athletes.

Although his team didn't win a Super Bowl last season, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger set career highs for passing yards, touchdown passes and paychecks. Roethlisberger, according to Forbes Magazine, was the highest-paid player in the NFL between June 2014 and June 2015, earning $48.9 million. No other Pittsburgh Steeler made the list of top 15 NFL players.

Roethlisberger's earnings added up this way:

  • $31 million (signing bonus for new contract)
  • $3.25 million (roster bonus)
  • $12.1 million (base salary)
  • $2.5 million (endorsements)

Roethlisberger, who signed a four-year, $87.4 million deal in March, currently is the 11th highest-paid athlete in the world, according to Forbes. 

––Richard Cook



#Events: Taste-test Pittsburgh’s best at the Pierogi Fest

Craving a real-deal pierogi but not in the mood to cook? Pittsburgh Pierogi Fest has it all.

The third annual event will be kicking off at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Stage AE.

For food lovers, there will be more than 30 vendors. We repeat: 30-plus vendors dishing out dough pockets. Among the group serving more traditional pierogies: S&D Polish Deli, the Pgh Pierogi Truck, Dorothy 6, Cop Out and Gosia’s Pierogies (last year’s People’s Choice winner). Of course, others are thinking outside the dumpling: Franktuary will be serving Pierogi Dogs. Oh My Grill will make pierogi grilled cheeses. And Sugar & Spice Truck will offer sweet pierogies with ice cream.

For music lovers, there’s live entertainment — including the fest’s resident DJ, Pandemic; The Beagle Brothers; and the University of Pittsburgh Carpathians Ensemble.

For shoppers, there’s the Pop-Up Pierogi Marketplace, where you can snag an official festival shirt to show off your pride.

For families, there’s kid-friendly fun: photo booths, paint-your-own pierogi and the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Racing Pierogies.

Buy tickets on the Pittsburgh Pierogi Fest website. And be sure to bring cash for the vendors; waiting in line is acceptable for pierogies, not the ATM.

Grab a friend, and make plans to experience Pittsburgh’s dumpling dynasty.

—Lauralei Kraski


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#Commuting: Take the survey

Hate your commute? Here's your chance to complain to someone who really wants to hear about it. 

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto's office is teaming with the Green Building Alliance, the Pittsburgh 2030 District, Envision Downtown and other groups to survey commuters. The responses will be used to help experts and city planners recommend changes to lessen traffic jams and their resulting air pollution.

The survey simply asks where commuters travel to and from and their mode of transportation. Organizers say the survey takes three to 10 minutes to complete and will accept responses through Oct. 16. You can take it by clicking here

“Pittsburghers’ commutes are an important part of their daily lives,” Mayor Peduto said in a statement. “Whether we’re busing, driving, riding the T, walking or biking, most of us commute twice a day, five times a week – some of us more. As Pittsburgh continues to grow, it’s important that everyone takes the Make My Trip Count commuter survey so that we know how people get into town on a regular basis, which will help us improve our region in the process.”

As an additional incentive, respondents who complete both survey parts will be entered into a drawing to win transit passes, sports tickets, museum memberships, university memorabilia and more. 



#Video: College Student's surprise return

Bryan Greig, who was born in Ireland and studies at Westminster College, likes to surprise people. Last December, he flew home for the holidays, unannounced, to surprise his mother and sister. His self-made video of the journey went viral.

When he left Westminster for the summer, he left the impression he wasn't coming back in the fall. Not true. Video camera in hand, he returned, this time to surprise his college chums.


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