Phil Alexander Robertson was born on April 24, 1946 in Vivian, Louisiana. He grew up in poverty, without electricity or indoor plumbing. As a child, Robertson and his siblings learned to be self-sufficient, living off the land and hunting daily for food. Robertson married Marsha “Kay” Carroway in 1966. After receiving a scholarship and attending Louisiana Tech University, where he was a star on the football team, Phil turned down an opportunity to play for the Washington Redskins because he felt it would interfere with his passion for duck hunting. He received his master’s degree in education, and he taught for several years. Phil and Kay have four sons: Alan, Jase, Willie, and Jep.