What You Don't Know About Duck Dynasty

  • Willie and Korie ran a church camp before Willie became the CEO of the family business, Duck Commander.
  • Si’s blue plastic cup that he drinks tea out of was given to him by his mom while he was stationed in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
  •  The tea mentioned on the show and made famous by Si, is unsweet—not the usual sweet tea of the South.
  • A&E asked the Robertsons to wear different bandanas on the show so that producers could tell the brothers apart. Willie chose one that looks like the American flag and rarely wears it in public.
  • Willie originally began wearing a bandana to keep his hair out of his eyes.
  • Although Si’s wife is never mentioned and has never appeared on the show, Si has been married (to Christine) for 43 years.
  • Phil and his son, Al, are elders at White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ.
  • Miss Kay was 16 years old and Phil was 20 when they were married. They began dating when Miss Kay was 14. Korie was 19 and Willie 20 when they were married in college at Harding University in Arkansas.
  • Phil and Miss Kay hosted a house church and led weekly Bible studies for 20 years before Phil’s speaking schedule picked up and began taking him out of town to share Christ all over the country.
  • Phil started ahead of future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw while the two were at Louisiana Tech.
  • Miss Kay’s real name is Marsha Kay, Si is Silas Merritt, Jase is Jason Silas, Jep is Jules Jeptha, and Mountain Man is Tim Guraedy.
  • Al, the only Robertson brother not on the show, was a pastor for 20 years at White’s Ferry Church of Christ. He and his wife, Lisa, have two girls (Anna and Alex).
  • The rest of the brothers’ family tree: Willie and Korie have five children (Rebecca, John Luke, Sadie, Will and Bella); Jase and Missy have three (Reed, Cole and Mia); Jep and Jessica have four (Lily, Merritt, Priscilla and River).
  • Mountain Man, known for talking slow, owns his own air-conditioning repair business and is co-host of The Patrick and Mountain Man Show on Mondays from 3-6 p.m. on Z-107.5 in Ruston, La. The show’s website says, “You’ll hear a little good music, a little outdoors report, a little good Word and plenty of common sense from The Mountain Man!” Mountain Man, originally from Portland, Tenn., studied at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tenn. To watch the video stream of his show, go to this link: http://www.citylinktv.com/ruston-red-peach-media

By Brett Honeycutt

Brett Honeycutt is the managing editor at Sports Spectrum magazine.