Faith, Family, and Duck Dynasty

How the Robertsons' reality show swept the nation and stole my heart

In case you haven't heard, there's a new reality TV series on A&E that has swept the nation. Arguably the funniest show on television, Duck Dynasty revolves around the creators of "Duck Commander," the duck-hunting call used by thousands of hunters today. The Robertsons, the family behind Duck Commander fame and fortune, are a special breed. Yes, they own trucks, wear beards (long ones), take pride in their guns, and are always wearing camouflage. But there's a lot more to these guys than what meets the eye: they value faith and family above all else. That's why they've stolen my, and millions of other viewers', hearts.

'Faith, family, ducks—in that order'

In his recent memoir, "Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander," Phil Robertson tells how he turned down an NFL contract out of college where he played first string at Louisiana Tech (ahead of Terry Bradshaw) to ultimately raise a family with his high school sweetheart on a river in Louisiana. But it wasn't always "faith, family, ducks." For a while it was "sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll," as Phil puts it. In an interview with the 700 Club, Phil and Kay talk about the decade-long struggle in their marriage. In his twenties, alcohol and anger took over. He kicked Kay and the boys out of the house and leased a bar; that's when Kay started praying. A year after her conversion to Christianity, Phil came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, too.

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