On this day of all days, arguably the most important day of the year for both athletics and for #brands, we must not forget the ties that bind us: namely, the ties between the Denver Broncos’ quarterback, and the youngest Bush boy.

It’s been well established that Peyton Manning is a supporter of Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush. According to The Denver Post, Manning has donated a total of $2,700 to Bush’s campaign so far—the maximum an individual can donate. Manning, a devout Christian, has donated more than $14,000 to Republican campaigns since 2004, including $2,000 to the campaign of Jeb’s brother, George W. Bush.

And the feeling, it seems, is mutual. During the Republican presidential primary debate in New Hampshire on Saturday night, Bush confirmed the relationship with a sly smirk.

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