My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander
By Phil Robertson, with Mark Schlabach
This is the story of the patriarch of the popular TV show Duck Dynasty. I admit that I am amused by this family, and wanted to know more about the reality of them.
The family is indeed quite close, but it wasn’t always that way. Born and raised into a large family in Louisiana, hunting was a way of life. Phil grew up hunting, and loved the land, as well.
It may surprise some, but Phil went on to college, playing football with Terry Bradshaw at Louisiana Tech. He also received a degree in physical education, including a master’s degree in education. Phil went on to teach.
As a sideline, unhappy with marketed duck calls, he began to make his own. Phil wanted a realistic duck call. It was 1972 when he came out with the first “Duck Commander”.
The family was another situation. Phil and childhood sweetheart, Kay, married. However, they struggled through Phil’s “wild years”. He even left her and his boys for a while. Eventually, they reconciled, and Phil knew he had to turn his life around.
Phil and Kay went on to raise their four boys, while Phil grew the family business as the “Duck Commander”. He also began to do public speaking and preaching the Gospel, which he still does today. Coming back to his roots of faith, family, and ducks Phil Robertson is “Happy, Happy, Happy”.