Hunky, clean-shaven and camouflage-free! They’re one of the biggest breakout reality families in recent memory, but long before Duck Dynasty, the Robertson family — Si, Ms. Kay, Jase, Korie, Willie and Phil — looked just like Us!
The A&E stars share vintage family album snapshots in the new issue of Us Weekly, out now — and they look nothing like the the bearded, camo-clad Louisiana brood known to millions.
Back in the 1960s, family patriarch Phil was a starting quarterback at Louisiana Tech University — and looked every bit the All-American MVP in one black and white photo from the field. “Not too long after this [photo],” Phil, 66, tells Us, “a young backup named Terry Bradshaw took over!”
In a much more recent — but still startling! — photo, Phil’s son Willie and wife/business partner Korie took their adorable kids on a beach vacation in May 2000. “We take a similar picture every year,” Korie, 39, tells Us of the photo taken at Gulf Shores, AL. In the pic, which Willie, now 40, sports frosted blond hair and a completely smooth (and dimpled!) smile as he and Korie pose with their two eldest Sadie, then 2, and John Luke, then 4. Back in high school, Willie was “clean-shaven and preppy,” Korie insists.
Now wealthy thanks to their duck-call business, Willie tells Us that reality TV fame has brought the family closer. “It’s been real fun!”
For more surprising glimpses into the Duck Dynasty family album, pick up the new issue of Us Weekly, on stands Friday!