There is no debate in Richard Sherman’s mind:
Eli Manning belongs in the Hall of Fame.
To Sherman, Manning is a Hall of Famer because he twice led the Giants to magical Super Bowl runs and beat Tom Brady and the Patriots twice, once ruining a perfect season for him and them.
“I do think Eli’s a Hall of Famer,” the elite 49ers cornerback said in response to a “Super Bowl Opening Night” question by The Post. “I think people underestimate what it means to run through the Super Bowl … there’s a reason so few low seeds have never won a Super Bowl. The teams that he’s done it with are probably 30, 40 percent of the low seeds that have won Super Bowls.
“And he’s played at a high level. His teams haven’t always been great, he hasn’t always been surrounded by talent and when he has, he’s played pretty well.
“But to run through the playoffs, some of the teams he beat, he beat the all-time great quarterback of all time twice — and two of the best teams of all time. He beat an undefeated team of all time. He beat an undefeated team that had Randy Moss on it who had just come off a record-breaking season. Who does that?
“And so for those reasons, I believe he’s a Hall of Famer.”
Asked if he had intercepted Manning, Sherman smiled and said: “I got him a couple of times. That’s why you want him in the Hall of Fame — the more Hall of Fame quarterbacks you get, the more chance you got to be in there.”
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