What began as an internship for Lane Gammel has led to a job as director of communications for the National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks – and a Super Bowl ring.
Gammel, a 1993 graduate of Crossett High School, was in town last week to visit family and friends, with two top prizes in tow – the championship ring and his new daughter, almost four months old.
“It has been a big year,” he said. “We won the Super Bowl February 2 and we had our first daughter March 20.”
Gammel said he graduated Crossett High School with no thoughts at all of being in his present field.
He attended and played football at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, then known as Northeastern Louisiana, and considered following in the footsteps of his father, local pharmacist Billy Gammel.
“I went to pharmacy school since my brothers didn’t and I thought I might go into the same field that my dad had,” Gammel said. “But then I just realized I wanted to do something in sports. I had stopped playing (football) after two years at Northeast Louisiana but I still wanted to be in sports. I thought maybe I wanted to be an athletic director. Then I found out that our athletic director at the time had majored in public relations.”
Gammel said he had considered “public relations” to be a media job, not something that an athletic director would pursue.
“I didn’t want to be in the newspaper business, but when I saw our AD had been in public relations it gave me something to think about,” he said, “so I changed my major after I realized that I could have a public relations degree and still work in sports.”
Gammel initially went to Seattle in 1997 as an intern with the Seahawks.