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Tiger Woods, a noted Oakland Raiders fan, is pulling for the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII

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Growing up in Cypress, Calif., Tiger Woods thew his NFL allegiances behind the Oakland Raiders, even though the San Diego Chargers made more sense geographically speaking.

But when the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks take the field at MetLife Stadium on Sunday for Super Bowl XLVIII, Woods will be throwing his loyalties aside and will pull for the Broncos, who share quite the heated divisional rivalry with his beloved Raiders.

Why? Because he’s pals with Peyton Manning.

The friendship between the PGA Tour superstar and future Hall of Famer has blossomed over the years. The two even were paired together for a pro-am event at the Quail Hollow Championship back in 2009.

Since the Oakland Raiders chances of reaching another Super Bowl are about as remote as the odds of Tiger Woods reconciling with Elin Nordgren, why not pull for his good buddy to win another Lombardi Trophy?

Speaking from the Dubai Desert Classic in the United Arab Emirates, Woods said he’s all about the Broncos on Sunday.

“I like the Broncos. I’m good friends with Peyton (Manning),” Woods said, according to a Golf Channel report. “Let’s be honest, he got scrutinized pretty hard when he left (the Colts) that he would never be the same after his neck surgery, and it’s right, he’s not the same; he’s better. That’s cool to see. That’s cool to see the hard work that he put in to shut everybody up.”

Manning and Woods are eerily similar as it relates to their competitive drive and dedication to their craft. Although I imagine when the two get together it is a profoundly boring scene. You know, with Peyton appearing to be something of a dullard and Tiger cleaning up his act.

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