Instead of playing himself on franchise mode in Madden 25, Hernandez is facing 25 to life. The New England Patriots finished scrubbing themselves of Hernandez's existence over the weekend, but Madden literally erased him from its upcoming edition. Originally, Hernandez made the cut for Madden 14. However, according to EA Sports' Julie Foster, Madden is making him the first player ever to be kicked out of an electronic league in sports video game history.
H/t to SB Nation:
We made a decision to remove Aaron Hernandez from Madden NFL 25 and NCAA Football 14. Because NCAA Football 14 was finalized prior to our decision, Hernandez' image still appears in the Nike Skills Trainer. However, he is not in the game, and anyone who unlocks that particular Nike Skills Trainer reward will receive an Alex Smith Ultimate Team player item instead. The image of Hernandez will be removed via a Title Update in the near future.