The hype leading up to the Denver Broncos' appearance in Super Bowl 50
continues to build, and it won't let up until game time or after.
In the meantime, folks across the country are deciding whether to root for the upstart Carolina Panthers or the team led by Peyton Manning, who richly deserves one last championship before riding off into the sunset — famous folks included.
Indeed, plenty of celebs are longtime Broncos boosters, as opposed to bandwagon jumpers — including the star seen above graphically displaying her Broncos love on national TV.
Here are our picks for the top ten.
Number 10: Lindsey Vonn
Skiing superstar and Vail native Vonn is such a devoted Broncos fan that she even dragged
along former boo Tiger Woods to the sidelines of a game back when they were still an item. We don't know if he'll be cheering for the Broncos during the Super Bowl, but we have no doubts about her.
Number 9: Don Cheadle
In a Best of Denver award
, we noted that "teachers at Denver's East High School remember Don Cheadle (class of 1982) as an able student and a dedicated student actor." Add "huge Broncos fan" to that list of accomplishments.
Number 8: Holly Holm
The UFC bruiser who pummeled Ronda Rousey is also ready to pound anyone who questions her fondness for the Broncos. This past November, shortly after taking the title, Mile High Report
quotes her as saying, "Always loved the Denver Broncos. My whole life, Bronco fan."
Number 7: Kyle Busch
The NASCAR driver has put his money where his mouth is when it comes to the Broncos, reportedly
betting fellow racer Kasey Kahne that the Broncos would defeat the Seattle Seahawks in the 2014 Super Bowl. Sorry about that, Kyle — sorrier than you know.
Number 6: Jessica Biel
The woman who regularly gets to see Justin Timberlake's sexy back was raised in Boulder, and in 2014, prior to the Broncos' last Super Bowl appearance, she tweeted, "Yeah Broncos!!!! It's our year!!!!" Hope she's right this time around.
Number 5: Kate Hudson
Hudson, who grew up in Aspen, has been a Broncos fan since long before she was Almost Famous
. And this week, she took time away from plugging her latest flick, Kung Fu Panda 3
, to not only talk up the Broncos but also show off a temporary tattoo
touting the team. If she makes it permanent, she could move even higher on this list.
Number 4: Tim Allen
Comedian (and voice of Buzz Lightyear) Tim Allen was born in Denver
before relocating to Michigan. He was formerly a Detroit Lions fan
before embracing his heritage and switching his loyalties to the Broncos. Good call.
Number 3: Pam Grier
Grier was born in North Carolina, but spent her formative years in Denver, where she attended East High School and Metro State — and was actually a Broncos cheerleader
when she was nineteen. She's since lived in our fair state in between acting gigs, including the RZA-helmed Man With the Iron Fists
. These days, she's probably best known for the Quentin Tarantino opus Jackie Brown —
but our favorite is 1973's Coffy
. Check it out; you'll be glad you did.
Numbers 1-2: Trey Parker and Matt Stone
Anyone who's watched South Park
over the years knows about the love show creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have for the predominantly orange crew. And when we interviewed Parker and Stone in 2012
prior to The Book of Mormon
's Colorado debut, Parker rocked a Broncos T. When it comes to these two, it's Elway or the highway.