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Super Bowl ads? Try this: Tom vs. Eli as pitchman (video)

Forget Super Bowl ads. Which Super Bowl quarterback is better at pitching products?

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In this 2008 file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning meet on the field before Super Bowl XLII football game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. The two will square off in Super Bowl XLVI this Sunday.

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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).

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