Phil Robertson Duck Dynasty | Bio, Wiki, Net Worth, Quotes
Birth name: Phil Alexander Robertson
Birth date: April 24, 1946
Net Worth: $5 Million
Born and raised in Vivian, Louisiana, a small town near Shreveport. With seven children in his family, money was scarce and very early on, hunting became an important part of his life. Created the Duck Commander duck call in 1972, and incorporated the Duck Commander Company in 1973. Phil has become a legend in Louisiana and in the duck-hunting world in general. He played college football at Louisiana Tech University, starting ahead of Hall-of-Famer Terry Bradshaw, and was drafted by the NFL after his junior year. He turned it down and quit football because it interfered with duck season, and he was not interested in having “large, violent… men chasing me trying to stomp me in the dirt”. Phil is known for his dislike of modern technology (he proudly admits that he does not own a cellphone or a computer) and his concern that his grandchildren are becoming “yuppies”. Wikipedia
For Phil Robertson, the ear-splitting squawk of a duck call is the sweet sound of success.
A former college quarterback from Monroe, La., Robertson gave up a coaching career for his love of duck hunting when he discovered he could whittle a better duck call than any on the market — a move that eventually made him millions of dollars and earned his family their own reality TV series.
For 25 years, Robertson said he stood in his dilapidated shed and handcrafted duck calls out of cedar trees native to Monroe-area swamps.
“I’d drive up to these Walmarts and they’d run me out, ‘you think we’re gonna buy old duck calls off the street?’ I said, ‘Hey man, Colonel Sanders started with one chicken and… that’s good chicken, man,” Robertson said.
His first year, Robertson said he sold $8,000 worth of duck calls, and his wife Kay somehow managed to feed four boys on that salary.
“Miss Kay says ‘I’ve been poor with you and I’ve been rich with you. Rich is better,’” Phil Robertson said.
“But I stayed with you through both,” she added.
Today, Robertson’s company Duck Commander has sales in the millions, with contracts in outdoor stores across the United States. For the past decade, the Robertsons’ third son Willie has been their CEO, which his parents say was an obvious choice.