‘A&E’ ‘Duck Commander’ guest at WVHS event
by By DELANEY WALKER Banner Staff Writer
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Phil Robertson, of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” is greeted on the red carpet at Cleveland Regional Jetport by Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland Friday afternoon. Robertson was in town for a special evening to talk about “Faith, Family and Football” at First Baptist Church on Stuart Road. The Duck Commander was the featured speaker for the Walker Valley Football Booster Club fundraising dinner. Banner photo, DAVID DAVIS
Phil Robertson, of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” is greeted on the red carpet at Cleveland Regional Jetport by Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland Friday afternoon. Robertson was in town for a special evening to talk about “Faith, Family and Football” at First Baptist Church on Stuart Road. The Duck Commander was the featured speaker for the Walker Valley Football Booster Club fundraising dinner. Banner photo, DAVID DAVIS
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Duck Dynasty patriarch and seasoned “Duck Commander” Phil Robertson flew in Thursday for a Walker Valley Football Booster Club fundraising event.

Robertson sat down for interviews prior to book signings and pictures scheduled as a part of the event.

“Usually what I will do is give them a little bit about ducks, just a little because there are a lot of hunters around here. Probably I will speak about the founding fathers of America. Basically, were they godly or were they ungodly?” Robertson said.

“The research is there for anyone to look. They can look at their founding fathers of America and get back to me whether these guys and gals were godly or ungodly.”

He said it was pretty amazing how godly the founding fathers were.

“So I will draw a picture of that to let them know that we got here via God and the Bible,” Robertson said. “There is no doubt, it is beyond dispute.”

He predicted he would speak about the founding fathers for about 10 to 15 minutes.

“We have found ourselves 200 something years later slowly slipping into a sea of depravity, and the reason is our very Constitution itself is not the strength of our country, but the laws of God the Constitution is based on. That is the strength of it,” Robertson said.

According to Robertson, he was also prepared to describe the highlight, which he said was, “The death, burial and resurrection of the one we are all counting time by, Jesus of Galilee.”

Robertson was referencing the dating system’s B.C., or Before Christ, and A.D., or anno domini, which means, “In the year of our Lord.”

He took a moment to talk about his family’s hit A&E television show, “Duck Dynasty.” “Maybe the reason it is a success is maybe we just tapped into what the American spirit is all about,” Robertson said. “... Maybe it captured the essence of [working hard].”

He dropped a hint there is one episode in particular he felt viewers would be excited to see from Season Four. However, he was not at liberty to give any more information on the subject.

Walker Valley football players showed up to the event with their jerseys on display. Coaches, booster club members and students wore navy-and-gold shirts to show their support.

Matt Dillard, football booster club president, said guests seemed to enjoy Robertson.

“I think it was a huge success. I got nothing but compliments [about] how well it was organized,” Dillard said.

Audience members reportedly described the event as amazing, excellent and first class.

“We gave him a jersey from the school with his name and number on the back,” Dillard said.

When Robertson was asked to give advice to the young football players, he said, “Guys, have fun, play ball and remember large, violent men are going to be chasing you in this particular sport. ... It is a good sport because it teaches you a certain level of discipline and self control.”

Robertson continued, “Physical training is of some value, so get out there. Just remember, there is less stress if you just duck hunt.”