What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the A&E reality show Duck Dynasty? The beards, obviously. According to an interview Jase Robertson did with Game & Fish, his dad Phil, the Duck Commander himself, started wearing a long grizzly beard for two reasons: because it kept him warm while huntin’ ducks, and because he wanted to stick it to anybody who dares judge a book by its cover. And, supposedly, that’s why Phil’s brother and sons also sport grizzly beards.
Of course, it just so happens that those beards are also tremendous branding tools. Now, any time people see a picture of a guy with a long bushy beard, they assume it must be one of the Duck Dynasty guys. The Duck Commander look is simply unmistakable.
However, did you ever wonder what the Robertsons all looked like before they grew their beards? Well, you’re about to find out. Click through this list to see a bunch of old Robertson family photos that show what the primary cast members of Duck Dynasty used to look like. (Hint: it’s kind of surprising.)