Duck Dynasty is the most popular show on television. But the company it’s based on, Duck Commander, may have never started if it wasn’t for Phil Robertson‘s decision to leave his job as a football player at Louisiana Tech back in 1968. That’s right, the bearded grandpa on Duck Dynasty used to be one heck of a football player. So good in fact, that a future hall-of-famer was behind him on the depth chart. That guy was none other than Terry Bradshaw.
Here’s a clip from YouTube with the two gentlemen, in what was their first meeting since the day Robertson left school back in 1968:
This is one of those ‘small world’ stories. It’s crazier than all get out that Robertson just up and left being a college QB to essentially hunt ducks. There are even some who say he could have been an NFL QB. Then, the guy who replaces him, goes on to win four Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers and now resides in Canton. That’s just crazy, crazy stuff.
Obviously, things worked out great for both guys and now they’re both millionaires in 2013. Robertson’s net worth is estimated at $15 million, while Bradshaw is said to be worth around $10 million. Back in the 1960’s, the odds of have two future multi-millionaire quarterbacks on the same team were slim and none. Especially when you consider that they both went on to become rich doing completely different things.