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Cam Newton and Peyton Manning are the stars of Super Bowl 50, but tonight's spotlight may also shine on more than a few Idaho athletes tonight.
Super Bowl 50, which kicks off tonight at 4:30 p.m. MST, promises a showdown between Denver Broncos' quarterback Peyton Manning, the best QB of his generation, and Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton, the most formidable QB of the game's new breed. Though most eyes will be on those two incredible athletes, SB50 will also showcase more than a few Idaho connections.
Shiloh Keo, safety and special teams player for the Denver Broncos, was an MVP for the University of Idaho Vandals before being drafted by the Houston Texans. He then played for the Cincinnati Bengals before joining the Broncos in December 2015. Keo, his wife and two children live in Eagle.
Matt Paradis grew up in the Adams County town of Council and played for Boise State University. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2014 and now, less than two years later, he's Denver's SB50 starting center.
Defensive end Jared Allen was a Big Sky Conference All-American when he played for Idaho State University. He was subsequently drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2004 and played for the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears before being traded to the Carolina Panthers in September 2015.
A record-setting television audience is expected to watch Super Bowl 50, following the marathon pre-game show, which starts at 11 a.m. The half-time show begins at around 6:30 p.m. and features performances by Beyonce and Coldplay. You can stream the game online at CBSsports.com.