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‘Duck Dynasty’ star played in college with Steelers QB


Akron Beacon Journal

Q. Several times on Duck Dynasty, Phil Robertson has referred to playing football with and even starting ahead of Terry Bradshaw at Louisiana Tech. How much of that is true?

All of it. While Bradshaw, 64, is a Hall of Fame quarterback who was a Super Bowl winner with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Duck’s Robertson was in fact “ahead of Bradshaw on Louisiana Tech’s depth chart,” according to a story on Sports Illustrated’s site. Robertson, the site adds, “gave up football with one year of eligibility remaining because the game and any future in it interfered with … duck-hunting season.”

While football was fun, Robertson told that “it was much more fun to be standing down in some flooded timber with about 35 or 40 mallard ducks comin’ down on top of me in the woods. That did my heart more good than all the football in the world.”

The story quoted Bradshaw’s account in his memoirs of Robertson coming to practice: “directly from the woods, squirrel tails hanging out of his pockets, duck feathers on his clothes. Clearly he was a fine shot, so no one complained too much.”

Q. My wife and I loved Longmire last year. Will it be back?

Yes. The mystery-drama inspired by a series of novels is set to return to A&E in 2013. I have not seen a specific air date.

Q. On The Mentalist, there has been a lovely redheaded female detective who was a regular but then disappeared for about a month. What happened?

I believe you are referring to Amanda Righetti, who plays Grace Van Pelt on the series. In January she and husband Jordan Alan welcomed a son, Knox Addison Alan. Righetti took a break from the CBS series around that time, but has returned to the air.

Q. What happened to Merlin on Syfy?

The series, which is in its fifth and final season, will begin a last run of five episodes on Syfy on May 3. If you do not want to wait that long, the entire fifth season will be available on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday.

Q. Is Sullivan & Son coming back on TV Land?

The comedy about a corporate attorney who ends up helping run his family’s bar airs on TBS, which has ordered a 10-episode second season for telecast later this year.

Q. We have enjoyed the Librarian movies starring Noah Wyle. Will there be more?

There have been three of the made-for-TNT films: The Librarian: Quest for the Spear (2004), The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mine (2006) and The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice (2008).

Wyle told Access Hollywood as the third movie was premiering that, assuming there was an audience, “I would very much like to do as many of these as we can.” Dean Devlin, the producer behind the series, said in 2009 that a fourth movie was in the works — possibly for release in movie theaters.

Four years later, that movie has not happened, and the people involved have been busy with other projects. Wyle, for one, will be back on TNT on June 9 when alien-invasion thriller Falling Skies has its third-season premiere.

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