Donald Trump's original pick to win the Super Bowl, the New England Patriots, lost last week, but the self-proclaimed fan of winners is placing is bets on the team who beat beat them: the Denver Broncos.
The Broncos face the Carolina Panthers on Feb. 7 in the championship game.
On "Face the Nation" Trump conceded Carolina "is sort of a hot team."
"And the quarterback's doing great," he said referring to Cam Newton, a Heisman trophy winner, first overall draft pick in the 2011 NFL draft and likely league MVP for this season.
But Peyton Manning, the Broncos quarterback, whose name Trump knows, drew praise from the real estate developer for his personality as much as his passing.
"He's a very good guy. I know him," Trump said. "And he's a very, very good guy."
Manning, who missed part of the season due to injury, won one Super Bowl, in 2007, when he played for the Indianapolis Colts.
"I have to go with the person I know and I like," Trump said. "I like the other team. I think the other team looks fantastic. Probably, they would be favored by something. But I'll stick with Peyton because he's a very good guy."
Despite his praise for Manning, Trump's "greatest" compliments have been for Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady, another quarterback he notes he knows personally.
"I know Tom. He is the greatest guy. He is the greatest person," Trump said on Boston's WRKO 680-AM in early January, when the Patriots were still in contention for the Super Bowl.
"He's better than everyone else," Trump said. "You got yourselves a real gem, believe me."