Duck Dynasty

8 Unbelievable Things You Never Knew About Duck Dynasty

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Duck Dynasty is one of the most inexplicable television phenomena to come about in recent years. Featuring a family of Deep South hunters-turned-entrepreneurs, the series follows the misadventures of the Robertson clan as they live their lives and run the incredibly profitable Duck Commander business.

Duck Dynasty is only part of the story

Of course, what you see on television is just part of the Robertson family’s life. There’s quite a bit you might not know about the family if you’ve only watched the television program, and half the fun of following along is learning about what you don’t see on camera.

 

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Read on to find out the eight unbelievable things you might not know about Duck Dynasty.

1. Phil Robertson was a star college football player

It might be surprising enough for some to learn that Robertson patriarch Phil went to college – and indeed, he did major in Physical Education at Louisiana Tech. What might be even more surprising, though, is that Phil was actually a first-string quarterback who played ahead of Terry Bradshaw.

Phil was an outstanding football player, and even seems to have been scouted for the NFL. There are claims that he turned down a chance to play professionally because he didn’t want to miss hunting season, but it’s hard to tell if that’s the truth or just part of the general Robertson mystique.

2. The Secret of the Tea

Next to the beards and the camo, the next most iconic image from Duck Dynasty might well be Uncle Si’s tea. Like any good Southerner, he goes through quite a bit of it each season.

What you might not expect, though, is that Si doesn’t actually drink sweet tea. While he might have been a fan of the sugary stuff in the past, it seems that these days he sticks strictly to the unsweetened variety of the beverage. It seems fitting that yet another aspect of Si’s life isn’t quite what you might expect.

3. The Beards are fairly new

If you’ve seen the pictures floating around the internet, you already know this one – the beards haven’t always been around. While some might use this as evidence of the show being entirely staged, the truth is that the Robertson men have always seemed to go with the fashions of the time.

 

 

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While they might deride their old look as “preppy”, the truth is that the beards are a fairly new part of their lives. For what it is worth, though, the Robertson wives have publicly stated that they really do prefer their men with facial hair.

4. An Educated Family

The Robertsons are many things, but stupid is not one of them. The family actually has a fairly strong dedication to education.

Both Phil and Willie hold college degrees, and Phil actually has a Master’s degree in education! In fact, the family is dedicated enough to education that Phil actually worked as a teacher for a brief period before moving on to other pursuits.

5. Religion is a HUGE Part of Life

While the family’s views have been in the news over recent years, it’s often surprising to see how deeply the lives of the cast are influenced by religion.

The members of the family are all members of the Church of Christ, and have fairly traditional Southern views on religion.

In fact, it’s fairly common to see the various members of the Robertson clan speaking at churches across the Southeast – some of the events at which they have been booked bring in well over a thousand church-goers, and the wait time for a Robertson to speak at a church stretches out well over a year.

Even when they’re not on the road, the Robertson’s are still very much church people – before he joined the cast in Season 4, the oldest Robertson brother was a preacher at a local church.

6. More Than a Warehouse

A great deal of the show takes place at the Duck Commander warehouse in Louisiana, but the warehouse is actually used for far more than building and storing duck calls.

The store is also a well-known hot spot for Duck Dynasty and Duck Commander fans, and the attached store attracts aficionados from around the United States.

The store has actually become one of the major attractions in the area, and those who truly enjoy the show should be sure to make the pilgrimage down to pick up one of the many souvenirs located on property.

Be careful when you choose to visit, though, as the store is inexplicably more popular during the Spring Break season for college students – you’ll be out of luck trying to find parking or even a place to stay nearby during that part of the year.

7. Missing a Breakout Star

Perhaps the most surprising fact about Duck Dynasty is that the show nearly cut out its breakout star entirely. Uncle Si, who has been featured in everything from books to bobble-heads, wasn’t originally a part of the Duck Dynasty program.

In fact, the original show focused much more heavily on the younger Robertson’s and their father. The producers were so taken with Si that they felt compelled to bring him into the show, though, and viewers have surely enjoyed that decision.

As one of the most popular elements of the show, it’s hard to imagine what it would be like without him.

8. A Huge Business

Perhaps the biggest secret in the Duck Dynasty world is actually pretty obvious to anyone who’s been in a big box store – the entire show is just part of one huge brand.

From housewares and fashion to books and video games, Duck Dynasty is an incredibly huge brand that rivals its parent Duck Commander brand in size.

As much as the family positions itself as full of simple, down-home hunters, the Robertson’s have an incredible amount of business acumen and have put it to work in recent years.

The Robertson’s each have a net worth of several million (Willie and Jase each have an estimated worth north of ten million), and their licensing deals with various major players in the worlds of fashion and entertainment mean that the family will likely be quite wealthy into the new future.

In fact, even if Duck Dynasty disappears, they’ll still be left with an incredibly popular duck call business – the very thing that made them famous in the first place.

15 Comments

  1. Beth Youngblood

    April 16, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Love the show. Our 12 year old grand daughter loves Sadie and wondered where we can find her line of fashions, she would love to have some of her designs. Thanks for being a Christian family and believing in our lord and savior. By the way my husband has had a beard for forty years and we have been married 38 years the end of May.

    • Maggie Carrico

      April 18, 2015 at 5:28 pm

      It says on google to go to Pintrest to look at her clothing line. So I guess get on Pintrest and put in Sadie’s name.

  2. Judy Sacry

    April 16, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Just truly admire and enjoy being ALONG WITH YOUR JOURNEY. So very positive

  3. Gerry gibson

    April 16, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Luvs Phil and his beliefs

  4. lana

    April 16, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Knew all that and this family is awesome..want to meet them so bad

  5. Robin Butler

    April 16, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    I’ve been watching the show since the beginning and I feel it’s the best reality TV show of all time……I believe it’s given an in site on real country people…..gotta love the Robertson’s

  6. Yvonne Smith

    April 16, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Love the show,and the family values. God bless each of them.

  7. Belinda Morgan

    April 17, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    My daughter & her boyfriend are getting married in September….. I wish Willie would marry them…..
    I love the Robertson family and one day I’m gonna go and shop at their store..

  8. Teresa

    April 18, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    I love Duck Dynasty and the message they carry with it. It is really neat to see them all sitting around the dinner table as a family, you don’t see that too much these days. I hope Duck Dynasty comes out with more episodes

  9. RUTH PLENCNER

    April 18, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    I love the show. I do have some of the DVD’s. I think only 2 seasons. I also have 2 DD sweatshirts. I have 2 t-shirts. I have 2 of the books. I also have 2 cups and a mouse pad with the DD guys on it. Sure wish the show would come back on TV. God Bless the whole Robertson family.

  10. Richard Robinson

    April 19, 2015 at 1:44 am

    I love this show so much! You folks are a great show. I would love to meet you all in person. Your family is Christian based. You all our very strong in your faith. You all do great things for your neighbors and your church families. You all are awesome keep the shows going.

  11. Bob Goff

    April 19, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    I have been watching the show since it first came on T V. I love it & the kind of people that the Robertson’s are. I love good Christian country people, Keep up the good work.

  12. Linda

    April 19, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    We are going on the Duck Commander Nassau Bahamas Cruise in October. We will see them.in person

  13. I. Edwards

    April 20, 2015 at 5:40 am

    Absolutely love this whole family, what you believe and represent.
    Of course I also love watching you.

    Are you going to be back on tv with a new season??
    Sure miss watching all of you.

  14. Jan Ault

    April 21, 2015 at 2:05 am

    I haven’t been able to find Duck Dynasty show lately to record. We have Verizon fios & it doesn’t list the show on A&E at all. Is it not showing right now?

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