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Manning, Iowa rooting for none other than Peyton Manning

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Manning, Iowa (KTIV) - With the Super Bowl coming up on Sunday, fans all over the country will be forced to pick a side - Seattle, or Denver.

But one Siouxland community will have no problem choosing who to root for, because their town shares a name with one of the star players in the big game.

The residents of Manning, Iowa are emphatic about their Super Bowl loyalty. But when your community shares a name with the starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos, it's easy to see why.

"I've always been a Peyton Manning fan," said Julie Bauer.

Bauer runs Third and Main, a bar that is hosting a viewing party on Sunday. It's just one of a few parties going on in town.

"Yes, we'll be big Denver fans that evening, and certainty cheering for Peyton Manning," said resident Ron Reichl.

In fact, the whole town has rallied around Peyton and the Broncos.

"The fun part of it, really, is just getting everybody together, doing a little decorating, embracing this whole Peyton Manning thing, and hoping they go to the Super Bowl for the next five years so we can just keep rallying on it," said Bauer.

And as Manning prepares to cheer on Manning, Seattle fans might just want to watch from home.

"Does anybody know of any Seahawk fans? Are there any Seahawk fans? No."

While Denver's quarterback has converted many in Manning into Bronco fans, Peyton isn't the only player that this town is interested in.

Mary Ann Musfeldt is a Manning citizen, and she and her husband David are grandparents of Broncos tight end Joel Dreessen. David suffers from dementia and has slowed down a bit, but he is still a die-hard Bronco fan and will be rooting hard for his grandson on Sunday.

"We're proud of him," said Musfeldt. Happy. Happy for him. A parent is always proud."

Proud, and hopeful for her grandson's team, and health.

"I hope they win, and nobody gets hurt," said Musfeldt.

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