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Tom Brady to get 'Last Dance' treatment in nine-part ESPN documentary

Tom Brady to get 'Last Dance' treatment in nine-part ESPN documentary

It was only a matter of time.

ESPN found a smash hit with "The Last Dance," its 10-part documentary series on Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. So, why not apply that formula to football's GOAT, Tom Brady?

The network is rolling out a nine-part, multi-platform series in 2021 called "Man In The Arena," which will focus exclusively on the former Patriots quarterback while documenting his nine Super Bowl trips with New England over the last 20 years, according to Deadline.

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Here's the trailer, which Brady tweeted Thursday:

The series also promises to highlight "smaller, seemingly insignificant instances" that shaped Brady's career, per Deadline.

Don't expect too many controversial details, though. Brady will be heavily involved in the production process, as the series is co-produced by Gotham Chopra's "Religion of Sports" -- which produced the "Tom vs. Time" Facebook documentary series -- and the QB's recently-created company, 199 Productions.

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"I’m excited to have my company 199 Productions be in business with ESPN and Disney along with our Religion of Sports partners to launch this new series that gives an inside look into the championship moments I’ve been blessed to experience,” Brady said in a statement.

"Through the series, we’re defining the key moments and challenges that were seemingly insurmountable, but through hard work and perseverance, became career-defining triumphs, in both victory and defeat."

Aside from Brady's role in production, there's another obvious difference between "The Last Dance" and "Man In the Arena:" TB12 is still playing.

The 42-year-old QB is gearing up for his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and is on a two-year contract, so it appears we'll have a retrospective on an active NFL player next year.

NFL players rip league's postgame jersey swap policy for next season

NFL players rip league's postgame jersey swap policy for next season

A tradition that became popular in international soccer has become a staple of NFL postgames in recent years, but it might not be allowed during the 2020 season.

Swapping jerseys with an opponent is now commonplace in North American professional sports leagues. We often see younger players swap jerseys with veterans who they grew up watching. Former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is a sought-after player for the postgame jersey swap. Multiple players from the Washington Redskins asked for his No. 12 jersey after a Week 5 game last season.

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Well, unfortunately for NFL players, swapping jerseys could be banned in the upcoming season as the league tries to implement social distancing measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the NFL and NFLPA have not yet agreed on all of the medical protocols for gamedays. NFL Media's Tom Pelissero reported the latest information Thursday:

Players were not pleased with this development, to say the least.

One of the most outspoken players was San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, who tweeted the following message. It earned a retweet from Patriots running back James White, among other players.

Many other players were not afraid to share their displeasure with the jersey swap potentially being banned. Here are some of those reactions:

With opposition so strong and coming from several of the league's stars, it'll be interesting to see if the league eventually eases up and allows jersey swaps to happen as normal next season.

WATCH: Cam Newton, N'Keal Harry meet for first workout as Patriots teammates

WATCH: Cam Newton, N'Keal Harry meet for first workout as Patriots teammates

Cam Newton is wasting no time getting to know his New England Patriots wide receivers.

The new Patriots quarterback, who officially signed a one-year contract with the team Wednesday, linked up with wideout Mohamed Sanu last week for a few throwing sessions in Los Angeles.

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This Wednesday, it was N'Keal Harry's turn to catch passes from Newton, according to Boston.com, which obtained video of the duo's L.A. workout from EBA Sports.

The video shows Newton meeting Harry for the first time as a member of the Patriots before throwing the second-year receiver a handful of passes.

Newton and Harry worked out together for about two hours and were later joined by Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., per Boston.com.

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Harry has been working hard this offseason to improve his game after a disappointing rookie campaign. The Patriots' 2019 first-round pick appeared in just seven games last season due to a nagging ankle injury, catching 12 passes on 24 targets for 105 yards and two touchdowns.

It's encouraging to see the 22-year-old on the practice field with Newton, who's aiming to bounce back from his own foot injury that limited him to two games in 2019.

Newton will have to beat out second-year QB Jarrett Stidham for the starting job, and it appears he's eager to get started while developing chemistry with his new pass-catchers.