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New "Madden NFL 20" update prevents Tom Brady from retiring after 2019 season

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New "Madden NFL 20" update prevents Tom Brady from retiring after 2019 season

New England Patriots fans who enjoy playing the franchise mode in the "Madden NFL 20" video game will approve of the latest update to the game.

EA Sports announced Tuesday the details of its latest title update that is now live, and it includes Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Patriots QB Tom Brady will now be prevented from retiring at the end of the first season, based on his recently signed contract

If you're not familiar with franchise mode, it allows you to play a real season(s) and serve as the general manager, coach and player of an NFL team. You have to make trades, draft players, sign free agents, deal with retired players and play the actual games. It's one of the best modes in any sports video game.

Brady is 42 years old, and many players that age will retire after the first season in franchise mode. For Patriots fans, that means you could get Brady for one season in franchise mode because he retires before you play the 2020 season. Brady's new two-year, $70 million contract now prevents that scenario from happening in the game. 

There were three other Patriots-related items in the new "Madden NFL 20" update. Player likenesses for Patriots rookies Chase Winovich and N'Keal Harry were updated, and the Patriots Hoss-Juke concept plays were added to the team playbook.

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Tom Brady's 'Madden' evolution is mesmerizing to watch in GIF form

Tom Brady's 'Madden' evolution is mesmerizing to watch in GIF form

Remember that GIF from a couple years ago that showed how much Tom Brady has changed since entering the NFL in 2000?

You know, this one:

Well, there's now a video game version of that GIF, and it's equal parts transfixing and terrifying.

From the folks at mydd.com, here's a look at the New England Patriots quarterback's evolution in EA Sports' "Madden" franchise, beginning with "Madden 2003" and ending with "Madden 20:"

 

Freaky, right?

There's obviously a lot more variance here thanks to advancements in graphics technology, but what's notable is how much Brady's actual body seems to change: one year he looks squat and stocky, the next he looks slim and trim. (An aside: The 2014 version looks nothing like Brady).

Brady's "Madden 20" final form is pretty realistic, but considering the 41-year-old QB is still smarting over the game's inclusion of his high-five snub, you probably won't see him complimenting their graphics department.

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Tom Brady had a great retort for 'Madden NFL 20' over high-five snub

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Tom Brady had a great retort for 'Madden NFL 20' over high-five snub

Tom Brady's social media game hasn't lost a step this offseason.

EA Sports released a teaser video for its "Madden NFL 20" video game that incredibly featured footage of the New England Patriots quarterback getting snubbed on a high-five attempt.

That's a pretty savage move ... and one that didn't go unnoticed by Brady, who fired back the perfect retort on his Instagram story.

Well played, Tom.

The "Madden Curse" used to be a real thing, as players like Rob Gronkowski and Peyton Hillis either got hurt or fell into obscurity after gracing the "Madden" cover. (Yes, Peyton Hillis was on a "Madden" cover.)

But Brady smashed the curse in 2017, winning NFL MVP honors after landing on the "Madden NFL 18" cover.

The 41-year-old QB also left a zinger for EA Sports in the Instagram comment section, where teammate Julian Edelman came to his defense, as well.

This is the second day in a row Brady has fired off a Madden-related barb on social media, so if you're going to take a shot at the GOAT, be prepared for battle.

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