A new season of A&E's "Duck Dynasty" began last evening, highlighting the Robertson family business of building duck calls and other hunting equipment. Ironically, Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the family who began the Duck Commander company over thirty years ago, revealed in an interview with ESPN's Doug Williams that he once had a contract to join the Washington Redskins, which Robertson declined due to his love of hunting.
Robertson said, "Brunet, let me ask you something: When all them ducks start heading south and I'm stuck up there in Washington somewhere, do you think I'll stay?" And [Robertson] kind of looked at the ground and [Robertson] says, "Naaah. No, I don't want to fool with it."
Phil played quarterback collegiately at Louisiana Tech University, ahead of future Pittsburg Steeler and Hall of Fame player Terry Bradshaw on the depth chart. Washington reportedly offered him a spot as a preferred walk-on to the team to back-up Sonny Jurgensen with a guaranteed salary of $60,000, if he made the team. The team had a young backup named Joe Theismann at the time, who would eventually go on to lead the Redskins over the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII.
Duck Commander would go on to become a multimillion dollar company with Robertson at the helm. While it would have been entertaining to see how his world famous beard would have fit underneath his chinstrap, we'd say that he made the right decision.
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