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'Duck Dynasty's' Phil Robertson Helped Kickstart Terry Bradshaw's Career

By    |   Friday, 11 Jul 2014 12:10 PM

"Duck Dynasty's" Phil Robertson revealed this week that he gave up his college football quarterback position to NFL Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw in order to pursue his family duck call business.

In an interview that aired Thursday as part of the Robertsons' "E! True Hollywood Story,"the family patriarch reminisced on his time as starting quarterback for the Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs and the moment he decided to relinquish the spot to the younger Bradshaw.

"I said, 'Bradshaw, here's the deal. You're a big strong kid, you've got a strong arm and you want to play in the NFL and you want to play football,'" Robertson, 68, recalled. "He said, 'That's right.' I said, 'I'm going after the ducks full time. I'd rather hunt ducks than have large violent men stomp me in the dirt . . . You go for it and I'll see you later.'"

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The decision worked out well for both men. Robertson went on to create the million-dollar Duck Commander duck call company now featured on the wildly popular A&E reality show "Duck Dynasty."

Bradshaw went on to win four Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers, landing himself a spot in the NFL Hall of Fame in 1989.

The E! special also talked about Phil Robertson's transformation from a hard-drinking hunter who was once estranged from his wife and children to a church-going, religious man.

"He wanted a family and wanted to make it work," Greg Hilburn, a reporter at the Monroe News Star, told E!. "He knew it wasn't going to work with the lifestyle he was living at the time."

Kay Robertson described a time when her husband showed up at her job to make a teary-eyed plea to get back into his family's life.

"He had big tears running down from his eyes," the family matriarch said during the interview. "He said, 'I can't eat. I can't sleep. I gotta have my family back. I won't drink anymore.'"




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"Duck Dynasty's" Phil Robertson revealed this week that he gave up his college football quarterback position to NFL Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw in order to pursue his family duck call business.
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