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(WBIR-Knoxville) Vol fans still sported their orange while watching Super Bowl XLVIII but they also added a bit of blue.

In East Tennessee, the Denver Broncos were the favorite to win, thanks to Peyton Manning and his deep roots to Rocky Top.

Despite the Broncos losing to the Seattle Seahawks, 43-8, East Tennessee showed their pride for the football players representing the Vols.

"Someone like Peyton Manning... not just what he meant to the game but to the community," said Nate Farmer, with Frank's Barbershop.

He went on to say, "It's one of those things where it took a special guy like that and once you really become part of this community, they really kind of support you and will always be on your side."

On Sunday afternoon, Farmer cut UT Football Kicker George Bullock's hair. Bullock remembers watching Manning play football as a child.

"I was still kind of young at the time but it was a household name obviously," Bullock said.

But Manning was not the only Vol to be playing in Super Bowl XLVIII. Three others joined Manning from the Broncos including: Robert Ayers, Britton Colquitt and Malik Jackson. From the Seahawks, the lone Super Bowl XLVIII champion from the Vols, Tony McDaniel.

"I was watching some interviews of them and to see them endorse Coach Butch Jones I think shows you that we are on the right track. That we are coming back," Bullock said.

Vol fans also showed their support for Manning at Goal Post Tavern on The Strip.

"I started loving the Colts as a child because my whole family is from Indiana and then he left the Colts but I still love Peyton because he's a Vol for life," Ciara Anderson said, a UT junior.

UT Senior Brooks Barnes agreed saying, "It's awesome. It really gives us something to root for."

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