8 Unbelievable Things You Never Knew About Duck Dynasty
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.
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.
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.