Super Bowl 50 will forever be known as the battle of the two quarterbacks as the Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning goes head-to-head against the Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton. However, the showdown took on a different form before the star QBs even took to the field in Santa Clara, California on Sunday, Feb. 7 for Super Bowl 50.

UntitledArriving in San Jose, California a week ahead of the big game, 18-year veteran Manning stepped off the plane in a classic blue suit with a windowpane print. He paired his business look with cognac brown oxfords and a bright orange tie, managing to wear blue and orange without putting on his jersey. Manning has a history of dapper fashion in everything from the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly (ESPY) awards to press conferences. Manning is not afraid to mix subtle prints in the form of gingham shirts and polka-dotted ties — he’s even been known to wear a plaid blazer from time to time. Overall, Manning is as deft in his fashion sense as he is in his gameplay.

While Manning was all business on his travel day with the Broncos, the Panthers’ 26-year-old Newton opted for a dressier look that was as flamboyant as his energetic personality. He kept his look subdued on top in a shirt and tie, which he wore under a black V-neck sweater and leather motorcycle jacket. But the real star of his outfit was the black and white striped Versace pants he was sporting which he paired with black and gold wingtip oxfords. Although his choice of pants may have been startling, the young QB has always seemed to think of the world as his runway.  For example, last year Newton wore a lilac-colored blazer and capri pants to a postgame press conference while he chose to wear a formal tuxedo to a press conference in early January.

Both QBs certainly brought a different sense of style to the field, but it’s hard to say who looks better. Although Manning always tries to be the picture of a gentleman, there’s something to be said for a more fun look like Newton’s. Manning’s put-together look could be sacked, but Newton’s crazy pants may have to be benched from play in seasons to come.

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