WC grad living the dream inside an NFL team


PITTSBURGH– In the world of football, the National Football League (NFL) reaching the  is the pinnacle of many peoples dreams whether it is on the field or just working for a team. When talking about jobs in the front offices of NFL teams only 32 people can say they have that job in the world, and Burt Lauten is one of the lucky few.

Burt Lauten, a Westminster College graduate class of 1999 and Pittsburgh area native, is a top executive in the front office for the Pittsburgh Steelers.  In 2011, Lauten became the Director of Communications for the organization. He held onto this job until the summer of 2011 when he was promoted to the Director of Communications. Many people dream of landing their dream job, but Burt gets to live his.  Among the perks for Lauten, two Super Bowl rings.

“I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” Lauten told WCN’s Zac Hynus at Heinz Field.  “to be able to do this job in your hometown with your family being able to experience with you, it’s just an amazing feeling.  And I never take this job for granted.”

Burt Lauten

Burt Lauten, Pittsburgh Steelers Director of Communications

Lautent, who is in charge of arranging and managing all communication for the Steelers– everything from  interviews, news conference, press releases, etc.– travels with the team during the season.  In early November, he had a special treat when the Dallas Cowboys visited Heinz Field.  It was a chance for him to meet up with the Cowboy’s Director of Communications, Westminster graduate Rich Dalrymple from the Class of 1981.

“There are only 32 NFL teams in the world and two of them have Westminster College graduates working the same jobs in the front office.”

Lauten says he often thinks back at his time at Westminster College whether it be old friends, his experiences, or his professors.  He says the from the real-world experiences and face-to-face time with faculty helped him succeed in in the highly competitive marketplace of  sports communications.

“I think the best thing about Westminster is the size. Some people might knock it for being such a small school, but with the type of academics and professors that are on campus you get that hands on experience. I think that’s the best thing I got out of it.”