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June 21, 2014

Duck Dynasty star charms crowd at Rock the South

CULLMAN — Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson talked faith, football and — of course — duck calls Saturday during his appearance at Rock the South in Cullman.

Robertson is best known as the patriarch of A&E’s successful unscripted series Duck Dynasty, which follows Robertson and his family and partially focuses on their Duck Commander duck call business.

He spoke briefly about his time as a starting quarterback for Louisiana Tech University in the late 1960s, where he played ahead of future NFL Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw.

Robertson touched on what it was like to play against the University of Alabama all those years ago, when the Crimson Tide was coached by Paul “Bear” Bryant.

“I hit ‘em pretty good inside and with some short passes,” he said. “People ask what it was like when the ball was snapped, and it was like a clap of thunder.”

Robertson’s company recently sold its one-millionth duck call, and Robertson and his son Alan told the crowd how thankful they were for the success they’ve enjoyed. Robertson founded the company out of his love for hunting, and its now a multi-million dollar business.

“You don’t think the Almighty ain’t there?,” he said.

He also showed off a bit of his duck hunting prowess to the crowd, demonstrating the finesse required to achieve different calls.

Robertson closed out his appearance by urging those in attendance to register to vote and participate in the upcoming general election.

“Get your tail down and vote and lets vote this ungodly bunch out of Washington,” he said to cheers from the crowd.”

‰ Trent Moore can be reached by e-mail at trentm@cullmantimes.com, or by telephone at 734-2131, ext. 134.

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