Before inexplicably becoming a reality television star, Phil Robertson, you know the guy from Duck Dynasty, was actually a college football quarterback.
That’s right. This guy played college football for Louisiana Tech in the 60’s. Robertson debuted for the Bulldogs on Sept. 18, 1965 at Rice Stadium against the Rice Owls, and Saturday, Tech will return to Rice.
In that game, Robertson completed three of five passes for 37 yards and also rushed for three yards on two attempts. Rice Athletics went through the archives and found the film from that game, an Owls 14-0 victory.
It’s obviously a much different brand of football compared to today’s game, but Robertson makes a pretty impressive throw around the 50-second mark.
Robertson was Tech’s starter in 1966 and 1967, ahead of future NFL Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw. Robertson chose not to play football as a senior in 1968, which gave the chance for Bradshaw to claim the starting role.
Robertson had a brief career as a teacher after his college days concluded and he then went on to invent the “Duck Commander” in 1972.
After that, as they say, the rest is history.
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