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Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson celebrates his 69th birthday on April 24.
Phil Alexander Robertson is the patriarch of the Robertson family. He created the Duck Commander duck call in 1972, and incorporated the Duck Commander Company in 1973.
In one of the episodes you can see the shed on Robertson land where Phil created the first duck call.
Phil Robertson played college football at Louisiana Tech University, starting ahead of Hall-of-Famer Terry Bradshaw, and was drafted by the NFL after his junior year by the Washington Redskins.
He turned it down and quit football because it interfered with duck season.
Phil Robertson is known for his dislike of modern technology (he proudly admits that he does not own a cellphone or a computer).
Duck Dynasty stars launched Limited Edition Signature Series Calls.
Duck Dynasty stars launched Limited Edition Signature Series Calls.
The limited edition duck calls are available only at www.DuckCommander.com or in the West Monroe Duck Commander Store.
Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson assembled the Duck Commander’s 1 millionth call of the year at the company’s retail store on Kings Lane in West Monroe.
Phil Robertson put the call — fittingly his wooden Classic Commander with cedar insert and poplar barrel — and blew a few mallard notes.
“Not bad for the 1 millionth duck call,” said the Duck Commander, who said it was his first time in the store.
The Robertson family, whose Duck Commander business has exploded following their Duck Dynasty fame, is auctioning off the duck call with proceeds to benefit the Northeast Louisiana Veterans Association for its Wounded Warrior hunts.
“This has been the best thing to ever happen to the Warrior hunt,” said veteran John Nolan, who coordinates the hunts in northeastern Louisiana, including an upcoming event with 24 disabled veterans.
“For the (men and women) who have sacrificed with their lives and limbs … the least I can do is try to help out,” Phil Robinson said.
More than 100 fans, among them a tour busload from Oklahoma, packed the Duck Commander store to cheer the milestone, a far cry from the reaction Phil Robertson received when he presented his first duck call to his family in the early 1970s.
The Duck Dynasty patriarch said he walked into the house and presented the duck call to his parents, his wife Miss Kay and the couple’s two young sons Al and Jase as they were playing dominoes.
“I walked in and said we’re going to sell a million dollars worth of these before it’s over,” Phil Robertson recalled.
Phil Robertson assembled the Duck Commander’s 1 millionth call of the year at the company’s retail store
He said the family never looked up and continued the domino game.
“They said nothing,” Phil Robertson said.
“Little did I know 40 years later I would be erroneous,” he said.
Instead of $1 million worth of calls, “we literally sold 1 million in just a year.”
The Robertsons aren’t revealing annual revenue generated by the company, but consider that Duck Commander calls sell from a low of $19.95 to a high of $179.95 for the Cold Blooded series calls made of acrylic that look like snakeskin. Phil’s Classic Commander goes for $44.95.
“It’s a momentous occasion,” Al Robertson said while introducing his father to the crowd.
“Who’d have thought from one duck call this empire would emerge?”
Duck Commander call sales have surged from 60,000 in 2011 to 1 million and counting this year. Robertson said he sold 2,000 his first year.
Phil Robertson, with his Classic Commander in one hand and the Bible, credited God for his and the family’s success.
“I’m a C-plus man, so I can’t attribute it to intellect,” he said.
“God has poured out his blessing toward us.”
He recounted his story of redemption to fans Thursday.
“I repented at 28 and turned to God,” said Phil Robertson, who often uses the stage of fame to profess his Christian faith.
“There’s no down side to loving God and loving your neighbor.”
But even with that faith Phil Robertson said he could have never predicted the company’s current success.
“I didn’t think it possible,” he said.
“But I’m still the same dude. The only difference is I’ve sold a million duck calls.”
The popularity of Duck Dynasty has migrated out of the duck blind and into home furnishings, among other things.
Jackson Furniture debuted its Duck Dynasty upholstery collection at the Fall High Point Furniture Market.
Tennessee-based Jackson Furniture presented more than 25 pieces including recliners, pullout sofas, club chairs and ottomans covered in Realtree camouflage and duck design camo.
Jackson Furniture debuted its Duck Dynasty upholstery collection at the Fall High Point Furniture Market
Furniture snobs may find the line curious, even frightening, but fans of the show and cabin owners will be drawn like ducks to a call. The recliners will range in price from $499 to $699.
The Robertson family’s multimillion-dollar empire is based on duck calls for hunters as well as deer calls and accessories under the Buck Commander label. Duck Commander is the best-selling brand in the country.
Duck Commander is the nickname of its founder, patriarch Phil Robertson, who played quarterback with Terry Bradshaw at Louisiana Tech University and turned down the NFL draft to follow his passion, duck hunting. Phil Robertson and his wife, Miss Kay, and their four sons are all featured on the show.
Tim Guraedy, better known as Duck Dynasty’s Mountain Man, paid a visit to the mid-south last Sunday.
Mountain Man spent the day at the opening of Collierville’s new Academy Sports Store in Tennessee. He signed autographs and took pictures with fans.
Tim Guraedy is better known as Duck Dynasty’s Mountain Man
Duck Dynasty is an A&E reality TV show based on a down home Louisiana family that struck it rich making duck callers.
Mountain Man is the Robertson family’s neighbor who owns his own air conditioning repair business, co-hosts a local radio talk show on KXKZ and appears regularly on Duck Dynasty reality show.
Duck Dynasty guys Willie, Jase and Si Robertson were invited at a sold-out show at Detroit’s MotorCity Casino Hotel to share stories, their faith, duck call demonstrations, and hunting tips on September 22.
“People are thinking, what in the world are these guys going to do on stage?” Jase Robertson told The Daily Tribune.
Duck Dynasty guys Willie, Jase and Si Robertson were invited at a sold-out show at Detroit’s MotorCity Casino Hotel
“We share stories of our lives. We share our faith. We banter back and forth. A lot of that is off the top of our heads. When we get together, that’s the way we are.”
The Robertsons’ patriarch Phil Robertson created the Duck Commander duck call in 1972 and founded Duck Commander Co. in 1973.
All the family members were raised to hunt and cook duck, dove, squirrel, deer, geese and turkey.
Duck Dynasty’s bearded faces are everywhere since the A&E reality hit has turned into mega-million Robertson mania.
The Robertsons feature from best-sellers to beach towels, T-shirts to iced tea glasses, beer koozies to bobbleheads.
Duck Dynasty follows patriarch Phil Robertson and his family, who have made millions with their duck call and decoy manufacturing “dynasty,” Duck Commander, in West Monroe.
The show, which is in its fourth season, is a ratings hit, with a record 11.8 million viewers last week, thanks to its colorful characters, down-home humor and family values. Son Willie Robertson is so popular he’s been asked to run for Congress, matriarch Miss Kay Robertson has her own cookbook, Miss Kay’s Duck Commander Kitchen; and granddaughter Sadie Robertson is helping design her own line of prom dresses for 2014, the Sadie Robertson Live Original collection.
Back-to-school time has added another layer of merchandise, including notebooks, backpacks and calendars. Meanwhile, fall landscapes can now feature garden gnomes in mini-versions of Willie and Si Robertson.
Duck Dynasty’s bearded faces are everywhere since the A&E reality hit has turned into mega-million Robertson mania
Si Robertson, who hasn’t met an English word he couldn’t entertainingly butcher, has released his book, Si-cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty’s Favorite Uncle, on September 3. Uncle Si has some selling to do if he expects to catch up to brother Phil Robertson’s Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander and The Duck Commander Family by Willie Robertson and his wife, Korie. These books have been on The New York Times’ best-seller book list for 14 and 19 weeks, respectively.
The variety of Duck Dynasty-related items doesn’t stop here, however. There are license plates, hats, wall signs, window decals, air fresheners, action figures, pajamas, run shoes, dog treats, waders, welcome mats, marshmallow guns, bandages and a board game, the Duck Dynasty Redneck Wisdom Family Party Game. There’s even a Chia Willie.
And the usually camouflaged-wearing Robertsons are still cranking out duck calls and decoys.
All those decoys, all that merchandise, all those books have put estimates of the family’s worth at more than $80 million.
When asked in December 2012 about the show and his family’s popularity, son Alan Robertson told The Advocate: “A couple of things I think really caught the attention of the country. I think it’s a very family-oriented, positive message opposed to a negative message, which, unfortunately, a lot of reality shows are based on people fighting, and not getting along, a lot of bleeping out and stuff like that, and it’s totally different, and I think that’s one of the things.”
“And of course, our faith is a part of it as well, since they close every episode with a prayer. Our family motto has always been <<God, Family and Ducks>>. I think that really resonates culturally, where the country is. The other thing that’s just nuts and bolts, is that the show is just really funny. It’s authentic.”
Alan Robertson and his wife Lisa have joined Duck Dynasty show on Season 4 for the first time. The eldest of the Phil and Kay Robertson’s four sons, Alan’s a minister, and, unlike his brothers, is clean-shaven. Rounding out the main cast of characters are his other brothers, Jase and Jep, and their wives, Missy and Jessica.
Speaking of the Duck Dynasty’s beards, there is an app for that. Go to appfinder.lisisoft.com/app/duck-dynasty-beard-booth.html on your smartphone and see what you or others would look like with lots of facial hair.
Join Duck Dynasty’s Jep Robertson and thousands of Duckaholics for the first ever official “Duck Dash 5K”!
Runners will receive a t-shirt, beard and bandana as part of their Duck Dash race packet, and are encouraged to wear them during the run.
Join Duck Dynasty’s Jep Robertson and thousands of Duckaholics for the first ever official Duck Dash 5K
Jep Robertson will hand out race awards in a variety of age categories, as well as name winners for the costume and duck call contests.
When: Saturday, October 19, 2013 8:30:00 AM CST to Saturday, October 19, 2013 11:00:00 AM CST
Where: Riverpark Church
3232 East 70th St. Shreveport, LA 71105
For more information, registration and packet pickup, please visit www.duck-dash.com.
Duck Dynasty’s Jase and Missy Robertson said in a recent interview that they chose to remain abstinent until marriage as per God’s desire, and also spoke about their family values and faith in God.
“We were both virgins when we got married until our wedding night,” Jase Robertson said in an interview, whose video recording has been posted on the website of the non-profit group Abstinence Clearinghouse.
“We decided to do it God’s way and basically had a godly agreement that we would help each other get to heaven,” he said.
The Duck Dynasty series revolves around the Robertson family-owned duck call business in Louisiana, Duck Commander, and their strong Christian faith. The company produces duck hunting products, including a duck call.
A staggering 11.8 million viewers tuned in to watch the premiere of the fourth season of the series earlier this month to make it the most watched reality show ever on cable television.
“What attracted us to each other was what we saw in each other in our faith,” Missy, Jase Robertson’s wife, said.
“We’ve been very happy for 22 years before the money started coming in,” she added.
Jase and Missy Robertson said they chose to remain abstinent until marriage as per God’s desire
Missy Robertson said they can now see the same commitment in their children.
“And what an influence we can have on our children with that testimony. Our oldest son has been dating a great girl for over a year and a half and they also have the same commitment,” she said.
“So it’s just such a wonderful joyous time as a parent to see that and the commitment they have as children wanting to do that also.”
Jase Robertson added the world will benefit if they followed God’s desire.
“A lot of people just think that that’s unreasonable or preposterous,” he said.
“But you know, if everybody chose to do it God’s way, the world would be a lot better off.”
Jase Robertson also shared why he believes fame and fortune are frivolous to him.
“…We were raised really poor, my brothers, we had one bed, one room. But nobody told us we were poor and I was just as happy,” he said.
“The reason is because we loved who we were with, with our family. That’s really the reason why we love to hunt. It’s not so much about what we get to eat or how many ducks we shoot, it’s about who we’re with.”
Jase Robertson stated that following God brings happiness in a family.
“It’s a great testimony because we’re like, ‘Look, we don’t do this because we’re representing some organization. We do it because we trust in God and we believe that His way is the better way, in all things in life,” he said.
“I’m going to use whatever God blesses me with as a platform to tell the world that God is for you. He proved it through sending Jesus down here to die for us and be resurrected. And for us that gives us second chances and it gives us hope, and so we spread that message everywhere.”
All the cast members of the series often display their Christian faith in the episodes and are seen at the end of each program engaging in prayer.
The men of the Robertson family, brothers Phil and Si, and Phil’s sons Jase, Willie, and Jep, have become popular for their signature beards. Phil Robertson started the business in a family shed and spent 25 years making duck calls from Louisiana cedar trees.
“Thanks to its authentic and engaging characters, Duck Dynasty has become more than just a reality show, it is a cultural phenomenon,” David McKillop, executive vice president, of A&E told Inside TV last week.
Duck Dynasty’s patriarch Phil Robertson and his wife, Miss Kay, raised four rambunctious boys, who have all, at some point or another, worked with him – along with their wives – on the family’s duck call business.
So what’s Phil Robertson’s advice for creating such a close, happy family? He said his kids were raised with a balance of discipline and independence.
“We had a code. I told them that I’d give them three licks if they disrespected their mother, if they were fist fighting with each other, and if they ever tore up perfectly good equipment for no good reason,” Phil Robertson told FOX 411 back in May about his parenting style.
But that by no means meant he didn’t show his kids affection.
“I made sure we loved them and we taught them to love their neighbor.”
Phil Robertson said his kids were raised with a balance of discipline and independence
He added that he also made sure his kids knew how to take care of themselves.
“We had very few rules and regulations. I would say, <<If you want to stay up all night, that’s your prerogative>>,” he said.
“[For] getting up in the morning and catching the school bus, we didn’t go in there and say, <<time to get up>>. We taught them to be responsible.”
Phil Robertson said the boys were also taught a lot about respect.
“When it came to teachers I told them, <<You’re going to have great teachers, fair teachers and some are going to be poor but always remember they are your teacher. Shut up and sit down and obey them and get out with a fair grade and onto the next one>>. I backed the teachers no matter what,” he said.
The family’s close relationships can now be seen by millions, as they work together in front of the cameras.
Phil Robertson said he thinks the show is so popular because viewers enjoy watching a functional family working hard together.
Although the Duck Dynasty family, a close-knit clan who own and operate a thriving duck call and decoy business called Duck Commander, may be in the limelight, there are still a few things you might not know about the Robertsons.
Here’s a list of the top 10 fun facts you didn’t know about the Robertsons – Phil, Miss Kay, Uncle Si, Jase, Willie, Jep and their wives:
1. Jase, Willie and Jep Robertson actually have a fourth brother, Alan (Al). Alan Robertson is the oldest of the bunch, and may make a special appearance in the upcoming Season 4 of Duck Dynasty.
2. Miss Kay Robertson’s favorite meal to make is fried frogs, and apparently there are two ways to cook them. Jase Robertson recommends soaking them in lemon juice first, and Miss Kay says you can fry them or sauté them in butter to make them extra delicious.
3. Phil Robertson recently ran into his old football friend, Terry Bradshaw, at the airport. When the two men attended Louisiana Tech University, Phil Robertson played first string quarterback ahead of Terry Bradshaw.
The self-proclaimed rednecks of Duck Dynasty are everywhere, from the country music awards, to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner
4. Contrary to popular belief, the tea Uncle Si always drinks is unsweetened.
5. The Duck Dynasty clan appeared in Darius Rucker’s Wagon Wheel music video, a remake of the popular Old Crow Medicine Show song.
6. Jase, Willie and Jep’ Robertsons wives actually do love their husband’s beards, and prefer them to the “preppy look” the men used to have.
7. In addition to his huge truck seen on the show, Willie Robertson drives a camouflage BMW.
8. Miss Kay isn’t the only “Miss” of the family. Everyone calls the women of the show by their first names, and adds “Miss” at the beginning. It’s the proper Southern thing to do.
9. The Duck Commander warehouse actually has a store in it. People travel from all over to see the Robertsons, and sometimes hundreds of people are lined up outside at a time. The family claims to know which state is having Spring Break based on all the license plates in the parking lot.
10. Uncle Si Robertson’s favorite way to eat dove is with cream cheese, jalapenos and wrapped in bacon, which is probably another Miss Kay specialty.
Duck Dynasty’s reality star Sadie Robertson has an estimated net worth of $100,000.
Sadie Robertson, 16, was born in Louisiana, and is the daughter of Duck Commander CEO Willie Robertson and his wife Korie.
Sadie Robertson is the daughter of Duck Commander CEO Willie Robertson and his wife Korie
She is one of five children in her family.
Sadie Robertson’s entire family is featured on the A&E reality series, Duck Dynasty. The series revolves around Phil Robertson, the creator of the Duck Commander duck call and the owner and founder the Duck Commander store, and his family and employees. The series has aired on A&E for three seasons, and has been a steady ratings winner.
Sadie Robertson’s parents met each other when they were in the third and fourth grade, and are now the CEO and Office Manager of the Duck Commander Corporation.
Fans of the hit reality series Duck Dynasty are going to see the only clean-shaved Robertson brother featured on the show’s next season.
Alan and his wife Lisa Robertson will be joining the cast for the upcoming 4th season.
Alan Robertson, Duck Commander’s oldest son, likes to joke about his beardlessness as he’s chosen to stay behind the scenes and off the cameras.
He likes to think of himself as the original, after Phil Robertson of course. Alan has spent the past 22 years as a pastor but recently rejoined the team, with his primary responsibility being the one who schedules the cast’s seemingly endless public appearances.
Alan Robertson said: “It’s hard ’cause my thing has kinda been the different one, to not have to do that. The feeling is that once you go the long hair and the beard there’s no going back from that.”
Via the family’s official business they describe Alan Robertson this way: “Alan is the oldest son of the Duck Commander. He grew up hunting and fishing and helping build the foundation of the family business in the 1970’s & ’80’s. Back in the day, he and Phil would travel around Louisiana and Arkansas selling duck calls to stores right out of the truck! The sales pitch back then was the same as today: <<These calls are the best ‘cause they sound just like a duck!>>.
Alan Robertson and his wife Lisa join Duck Dynasty cast for Season 4
“He left the duck call business when he received the call for full time ministry in 1988 and now serves as a senior pastor in West Monroe, LA. Alan is still a part of the family’s commitment to spreading the gospel of Christ through their love of hunting and the great outdoors. He calls himself a Jacob in a family of Esaus.”
Alan Robertson also stated: “It’s like a sasquatch in reverse, cause you know, instead of the hairy sighting, I’m like the clean sighting.”
In a recent piece on 20/20, Willie Robertson stated that before the show Duck Commander sold around 60,000 of their patented duck calls a year. Now he says that number is way over 300,000. Taking that kind of growth into consideration, it’s obvious the Robertsons can use all the family help they can get – beard or not.
Via the Duck Commander Twitter page, a great photo of the ladies of the Duck empire was posted which includes Lisa Robertson.
A&E has reportedly been leery about including Alan Robertson because of how identifiable the beards are with the brand. But like the family says, it’s “Faith, Family, Ducks”.
Alan Robertson, the oldest son of Duck Commander Phil Robertson, is not featured in A&E’s hit reality series Duck Dynasty.
He grew up hunting and fishing and helping build the foundation of the family business in the 1970’s & ’80’s.
Back in the day, Alan and Phil Robertson would travel around Louisiana and Arkansas selling duck calls to stores right out of the truck! The sales pitch back then was the same as today: “These calls are the best ‘cause they sound just like a duck!”
Alan Robertson pictured with his brothers Willie and Jase, father Phil, uncle Si, brother Jeptha and duck call makers Justin Martin and John Godwin
Alan Robertson left the duck call business when he received the call for full time ministry in 1988 and now serves as a senior pastor in West Monroe, Louisiana.
He is still a part of the family’s commitment to spreading the gospel of Christ through their love of hunting and the great outdoors.
Alan Robertson calls himself a Jacob in a family of Esaus.
After 20 years in the pulpit, Alan Robertson stepped down as one of the 1,200-member congregation’s ministers. The clean-shaven member of the clan left to help run the family business, which has exploded with growth since Duck Dynasty premiered.
Alan Robertson works for the company on occasion, but is not featured on their reality show, Duck Dynasty.
In the late 1960s in Ruston, Louisiana, two Bulldog quarterbacks’ life paths diverged sharply.
One was Terry Bradshaw, who went on to attain the top pick in the 1970 NFL Draft, a lengthy career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, four Super Bowl victories, a spot in the Hall of Fame and a second career in front of the camera.
The other one was Phil Robertson, who was ahead of Terry Bradshaw on Louisiana Tech’s depth chart but gave up football with one year of eligibility remaining because the game and any future in it interfered with his heart’s dearest passion: duck-hunting season.
“At the time, no one quite understood what exactly was my problem because I didn’t put football as the ultimate goal, being this stud hoss football player, but what they didn’t see then, they get it now,” Phil Robertson said.
“Because as it turns out, what am I talking about now?”
Phil Robertson, now 67, was referring to the duck call business he started out of his home, which became the Duck Commander regime and led some 40 years later to the creation of Duck Dynasty, which airs on A&E.
Coming out of Vivian, Louisiana’s North Caddo High School, Phil Alexander Robertson said he fielded offers to join the football programs at LSU, Ole Miss, Baylor and Rice, but chose Louisiana Tech to remain close to home. After redshirting his freshman year, he was joined by some soon-to-be famous company on the depth chart.
“The quarterback playing ahead of me, Phil Robertson, loved hunting more than he loved football,” Terry Bradshaw wrote in his autobiography, It’s Only a Game.
“He’d come to practice directly from the woods, squirrel tails hanging out of his pockets, duck feathers on his clothes. Clearly he was a fine shot, so no one complained too much.”
Asked whether there was any truth to the squirrel tails anecdote, Robertson one-upped his own legend:”Squirrel guts! Squirrel guts hangin’ out my pocket!”
He spoke fondly of Terry Bradshaw and of his time with the Bulldogs, though he’s never been back since giving up football. “Bradshaw’s a great guy,” Phil Robertson said.
Phil Robertson was ahead of Terry Bradshaw on Louisiana Tech’s depth chart but gave up football because the game and any future in it interfered with his heart’s dearest passion duck-hunting season
“I was the one that named him the Blond Bomber, and while he was at Tech, I said <<Son, you’ve got the want to and the drive to play in the NFL, you got a great arm>>, and I said <<You got brains>>, and when I got to brains, Bradshaw said, <<Are you serious about the brains?>> I said, <<Well, you have enough sense to play in the NFL>>. As it turned out, I put it this way, he must’ve been smart enough to win four Super Bowls.”
After three letter-winning seasons and with one year of eligibility remaining, Phil Robertson had had enough. He says he spurned interest from the Washington Redskins and went after the ducks full time in the fall while completing his undergraduate degree. “Bradshaw will tell the story better than I do,” Phil Robertson said.
“To put it bluntly, he was very happy that I chose ducks because he moved up a slot. I was blessed with a good arm, or Bradshaw wouldn’t have been playing second string to me.
“But you gotta remember, my heart was then and to this day — let me put it this way: Throwing a touchdown pass to a guy running down the sideline, and he runs down with the ball for six, it was fun. However, in my case, it was much more fun to be standing down in some flooded timber with about 35 or 40 mallard ducks comin’ down on top of me in the woods. That did my heart more good than all the football in the world.”
Phil Robertson went to work as a schoolteacher for several years after graduating from Tech, obtaining his master’s degree in education via night classes, with a concentration in English.
“I kinda liked ol’ Shakespeare and them guys, you know,” Phil Robertson said.
“I went back and got my master’s just in case. I thought, if I ever needed it, I’d have the sheepskin to show people no matter how dumb I looked, actually I was about half intelligent. I got the degree to let ‘em know I wasn’t as dumb as I acted.”
And all the while, Phil Robertson continued to hone his hunting craft. Dissatisfied with commercial duck calls, he began producing and selling his own about 40 years ago. These led to a series of duck-hunting videos that began 25 years ago, which led in turn to stints on the Outdoor Channel. Then came the call from A&E.
“Let’s face it, the bar has been set pretty low for you to get on American television these days. I think they said, <<Why don’t we try a functional family>>, and somebody said well, that’s a novel idea. Round here, you know, there’s no outbursts, belligerence, cursing, gettin’ drunk, dope, no, we’re all Godly people, so maybe it’s a little switch for a change. We’re not actually rednecks, but we probably could be called goodoleboys,” Phil Robertson said.
The Duckmen are under no-shave, no-laundry policies during the 10-week season.
“We shower our bodies during the hunting season, but under no circumstances do we ever wash our clothes,” Phil Robertson said. “We hang ‘em up and let ‘em air dry. We begin to look like the landscape around us, you know what I’m sayin’? Oh, they’ll get it. Hey, life is good, life is good.”
Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty is an American hunting enthusiast, businessman and reality television star with a net worth of $5 million.
Phil Alexander Robertson, 67, is the patriarch of the Robertson family which owns and operates multi-million dollar hunting accessory company Duck Commander.
Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty is an American hunting enthusiast, businessman and reality television star with a net worth of $5 million
He attended Louisiana Tech where he was the starting quarterback and star of the football team.
Phil Robertson actually started ahead of future NFL hall of famer Terry Bradshaw. Upon graduation Phil Robertson had the option to play football professionally but declined because he didn’t want to miss duck hunting season.
In 1973 Phil Robertson invented the Duck Commander Duck Call which eventually became the gold standard duck whistle among professional hunters. He owns and operates the business alongside his four sons, and wife Kay who have all helped turn Duck Commander into the multi-million dollar business it is today.
The Robertson family and their business are so popular that they now have their very own reality show on A&E called Duck Dynasty.
During the 10 week duck hunting season, Phil Robertson has a tradition of not showering or shaving ever to bring him luck.
Phil Robertson, patriarch of the family featured in the Duck Dynasty reality show, is a living legend in Louisiana and is better known by his alias: the Duck Commander.
Phil Alexander Robertson, born April 24, 1946, created the Duck Commander duck call in 1972, and incorporated the Duck Commander Company in 1973.
Phil Robertson, patriarch of the Duck Dynasty family
He may not look like it, but Phil Robertson played first-string quarterback ahead of football star Terry Bradshaw at Louisiana Tech University in the ’60s. They were both drafted into the NFL but Phil Robertson turned it down because it interfered with duck season and he was not interested in having “large, violent… men chasing me trying to stomp me in the dirt”. Instead he stayed in Louisiana, married his high school sweetheart, Miss Kay, built a house down by the river and together they raised four children.
Phil and Miss Kay Robertson have four sons together: Alan (who previously worked with Duck Commander before becoming a minister but has since returned to the company; he is not featured on the show), Jase, Willie, and Jep.
Phil Robertson’s love for the outdoors leads him to create the Duck Commander® Duck Call in 1973, which has gone on to become the most trusted duck whistle ever conceived.
Duck hunting is so important to Phil Robertson that he follows a strict routine of no showering, no shaving, and no clothes washing of any kind during the ten-week season to ensure a bountiful haul.
Phil Robertson is known for his dislike of modern technology (he proudly admits that he does not own a cellphone or a computer) and his concern that his grandchildren are becoming “yuppies”.
The men of Duck Dynasty reality show all sport awesomely wild and bushy beards, but there was a time in the distant past when you could see their faces before they grew in the shaggy facial hair.
Phil Robertson without beard
Left: This young boy grew up to become Phil Robertson: Duck Commander.
Right: Phil Robertson’s love for the outdoors and duck hunting lead him to create the Duck Commander Duck Call in 1973, forgoing a career in the NFL. During the ten-week duck hunting season, Phil Robertson follows a strict routine of no showering, no shaving, and no clothes washing of any kind to ensure a bountiful haul.