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'Duck Dynasty' star Phil Robertson once a college quarterback

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"Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson was the starting quarterback at Louisiana Tech from 1966-67.

Long before Phil Robertson became a multi-millionaire and reality TV star on "Duck Dynasty," he was a two-year starting quarterback (1966-67) at Louisiana Tech.

His first collegiate action for the Bulldogs came in the 1965 season opener at Rice, as a backup to Billy Laird; to commemorate the event -- and to publicize Rice's home game against Tech on Saturday -- the Rice athletic department dug through its archives and found video of Robertson from that game.


In that contest, Robertson came in late in the first quarter; he rushed twice for 3 yards and was 3-of-5 for 37 yards through the air. Rice won 14-0. It was one of just two wins for the Owls that season.

Louisiana Tech wasn't all that good while Robertson was there (1965-67), going a combined 8-20. Though he had a strong arm, he finished his career with 2,237 yards, 12 TDs and 34 interceptions.

Robertson didn't play his senior season, instead deciding to spend his time hunting and fishing. You may have heard of the guy who replaced him as the Bulldogs' starting quarterback: Pro Football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw.

Mike Huguenin can be reached at mike.huguenin@nfl.com. You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.

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