Ex-NFL superstar Shawne Merriman says he and Tom Brady are on the same page -- backing Donald Trump ... saying straight up he's the BEST candidate out there!
The 3-time Pro Bowler says he's been good friends with Trump for a while -- and he's NOT scared off by Donald's recent proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S.
"He's a good friend of mine," Merriman tells TMZ Sports ... "He's a little bit more honest than others."
So, if you're keeping score ... Trump has Merriman, Brady, Herschel Walker, Dana White and Mike Tyson.
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