On the same day the Buffalo Bills announced the hiring of Doug Whaley to be their Assistant General Manager, the Steelers hired his replacement.
Brandon Hunt, who broke into the NFL as an intern in the Steelers player personnel department, replaces Whaley as the team's Pro Scouting Coordinator.
Hunt may have been born in Los Angeles, but he still qualifies as a "Pittsburgh guy." He attended high school at Pine-Richland, located about a 30-minute drive north of Heinz Field, and he attended college at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, which is located less than 50 miles to the east of the city.
Hunt's professional career began as a graduate assistant at IUP in 2004, and after a year there he was hired by the Steelers to work in their player personnel department, headed by Director of Football Operations Kevin Colbert.
During his first stint with the Steelers during the 2005 and 2006 NFL seasons, Hunt assisted with both the college and pro scouting, and he was on board when the team won Super Bowl XL to give the franchise its fifth Lombardi Trophy.
When his internship concluded in the spring of 2007, Hunt quickly was hired by the Houston Texans. He started there in June 2007 and served as a pro scout for the team until being hired by the Steelers as their new Pro Scouting Coordinator.
At IUP, Hunt was a four-year starter at guard and center at IUP from 2000-03. He captained the team as a senior and earned first-team All-PSAC and All-Region honors at guard. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in management information systems in December 2003 and a Master of Business Administration degree in August 2006.