Forget Super Bowl ads. Which Super Bowl quarterback is better at pitching products?
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Much is on the line for quarterbacks Tom Brady and Eli Manning in Super Bowl XLVI. For Brady, a fourth Super Bowl win with the Patriots would put him in conversations as one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game. For Manning, a second championship would make a strong case for his eventual induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, alongside shoo-ins Brady and Eli’s big brother Peyton.
But let’s put football aside for a moment and look at these two in their biggest secondary occupation outside of football: as commercial spokesmen. Given the choice between Brady and Manning, who’s a better bet as far as selling a product?
In addition to stellar NFL careers, both Manning and Brady have been effective players in the ad game. Manning made $7 million in endorsement earnings in 2011, according to Sports Illustrated’s “Fortunate 50,” a list of the 50 highest-earning American athletes. His long list of sponsors includes Toyota, Reebok, Citizen Watches, and Oreos (alongside Peyton).