Cam Newton was almost a Hokie -- the NFL MVP revealed to Eli Manning he actually considered playing for Virginia Tech ... wait for it ... because of their team colors!

The 33-year-old star free agent QB and style icon -- alongside fashion icon Tim Gunn -- joined the 2x Super Bowl MVP for the latest episode of "Eli's Places" (produced by Peyton & Eli's Omaha Productions on ESPN+) ... where the men discussed all things fashion in football.

Back in the day, Newton, a dual-threat QB at Westlake H.S. in Atlanta, received offers from some of the top college football programs in the country ... and one of those schools was Va. Tech.

Cam ended up choosing Florida, before transferring to Blinn (a junior college), before ultimately ending up at Auburn (where he won one of his two BCS titles and a Heisman Trophy).

Things obviously worked out with the college selections, but the star QB admitted to Eli he almost chose the Hokies because of their Chicago maroon and burnt orange colors.