"You know, after a game like that, biggest stage ever -- to ask how you're doing and really be generally concerned about an opponent, that shows an incredibly different amount of humility and class."
Sherman also explained Monday why he took to Twitter to defend Manning.
"People shouldn't have to write to bash him after the season he had and everything he did ... everything he's accomplished in his career and this year as a football player," Sherman said. "He is a Hall of Fame player, he's a living legend, he's a record-holding quarterback, he's a Super Bowl champion, he's been a Super Bowl MVP.
"I think if you want to criticize his play on the field, that's fine. But don't call some of the things that they were calling him."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.