How Did the 'Duck Dynasty' Couples Meet?
The big, lovable, duck-hunting, sweet tea-swilling family of "Duck Dynasty" is anchored by long-standing, rock-solid marriages. The Robertson couples -- from patriarch and matriarch Phil and Kay on down to their sons and daughters-in-law -- are definitely having and holding, for richer and for poorer (definitely richer, though), in sickness and in health, for as long as they both shall live.
Check out how these happily marrieds met, long before they were featured on a hit A&E reality series:
Phil and Kay
attended Louisiana Tech on a football scholarship; he even started ahead of the now-legendary Terry Bradshaw and turned down an offer to play in the NFL to concentrate on duck hunting.The high school sweethearts started dating when Kay was just 14 and got married in 1966 when she was 16. They were practically an old married couple when Phil
"They had me there when they first got to Tech, so he was also a little different than the modern athlete," their oldest son, Alan, told ESPN. (Alan is a minister who is not on "Duck Dynasty.")
"He already had a family at that young of an age. I think that hunting, some of it was just providing for us. So I think that changed a bit of his attitude and allowed him to walk away a little bit easier, you know."
Phil and Kay's love story hasn't always been happy, though. In the '70s, Phil was "headed south" -- running a bar, drinking, getting into fights. In his autobiography, "The Duck Commander Family," son Willie recounts how Phil kicked out his family in a drunken rage, then begged Kay to come back.
"What kept me there? What made me stay with him? It was words my grandmother said: 'One man, one wife, for one life,'" she told Sports Spectrum.
Phil turned to religion to change his life, and Kay forgave him. They're still together more than 45 years later!
Watch this clip of Phil gushing about Kay:
Si and Christine
Women everywhere shed a tear last December when Uncle Si, the infinitely quotable war veteran, revealed he was actually married. His wife of 43 years, Christine, is not featured on the show.
The inadvertent heartthrob had seemingly been getting so much fan mail that he finally posted a picture of himself with Christine on his Facebook fan page, with the caption: "Everyone's been asking so here ya go...This is me and my wife Christine, we have been married 43 years...Loved her then, Love her still, always have, always will...and you can take that to the bank, JACK!!"