Super Bowl opponents Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos are rivals in the political arena as well.
Seattle owner Paul Allen, a co-founder of Microsoft Corp., backed Democrat Hillary Clinton for president in 2008, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington-based research group.
Broncos President Joe Ellis and former Super Bowl-winning quarterback John Elway, now the team’s executive vice president for football operations, were both $5,000 donors to 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. So was Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who previously backed George W. Bush in 2004.
Allen has given almost $330,000 in campaign donations since 1999, according to the center. Of that total, $150,000 was divided equally among the three national Democratic Party committees for the 2000 elections. He did not contribute to President Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns, though Microsoft employees donated $1.7 million, more than those at any other company.
Seattle left tackle Russell Okung contributed to Obama, as did several former Broncos: wide receivers Nathan Jackson and Rod Smith, fullback Kyle Johnson and defensive back Billy Thompson.
Smith was an honorary game captain for the Jan. 19 American Football Conference championship game against the New England Patriots. Politically, he was on the same side as Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who gave $5,000 to Obama’s 2012 re-election.
In addition to his Romney donations, Elway contributed $29,800 to the Republican National Committee in 2012. And Broncos Coach John Fox has donated to the Colorado Republican Party.