Former Bronco Tim Tebow Rooting for Cam Newton in Super Bowl 50
By Emily Krauser
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Tim Tebow may have played for the Denver Broncos, but he's much more excited to see Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers take the field for Super Bowl 50 on Sunday.
ET's Sophie Schillaci chatted with Tebow at DIRECTV Super Saturday Night co-hosted by Mark Cuban's AXS TV at Pier 70 in San Francisco, where the 28-year-old football pro admitted that he would be cheering on Newton despite his two-year stint with the Broncos, who drafted him out of college in 2010.
"Obviously, I've got a lot of friends playing in this game, being a former Bronco," he explained. "Then, also, I played with Cam, so I'm really rooting for him to finish off a great season."
Tebow also told ET that he believed Newton, his teammate at the University of Florida, deserved to win the NFL MVP award. The Panthers quarterback was given the honor during Saturday night's NFL Honors show but was not there to receive it, as he was preparing for the big game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
"It's so cool, so I'm just happy for him," Tebow said.
Tebow famously went on a magical winning streak when he took over for the ineffective Kyle Orton in 2011, only to be traded to the New York Jets after the Broncos acquired Manning the following year.
Publicly, there doesn't appear to be any bad blood between the two quarterbacks, but it's not hard to understand why Tebow might not be rooting for the team that shipped him off to the firing squad known as New York media and sports fans.
Tebow didn't have set Super Bowl viewing plans when ET caught up with him Saturday night, but he did know he'd be watching the game with his brother. After all, the important part for him is to "enjoy it [and] laugh at the commercials."