Football Ops

Football Ops

Protecting the integrity of the greatest game.

NFL Ops: Honoring the Game

It's our responsibility to strengthen the sport.

League Governance

Ensuring a consistent and fair game that is decided on the field, by the players.

NFL Rules Enforcement

Ensuring that players conduct themselves in a way that honors the sport and respects the game.

Fines & Appeals

The NFL's schedule of infractions and fines, and a process for appeal.

Economic & Social Impact

Honoring the league’s commitment to serve the communities where the game is played.

The NFL Ops Team

Meet the people behind NFL Operations.

The Game

The Game

Learn about the people, the jobs and the technology that deliver the best game possible to NFL fans across the U.S. and around the world. 

Gameday: Behind the Scenes

Countdown to kickoff: how NFL games happen.


In the NFL, balancing technology with tradition.

Impact of Television

How television has changed the game.

History of Instant Replay

Upon further review…

Creating the NFL Schedule

It takes hundreds of computers and four NFL executives to create the NFL's 256-game masterpiece.

The Players

The Players

Learn how NFL players have changed over time, how they’re developed and drafted and how the league works with them after their playing days are over.  

Evolution of the NFL Player

Creating an NFL player: from “everyman” to “superman.”

Development Pipeline

Supporting the next generation of players and fans.

Getting Into the Game

Preparing players of all ages for success at football’s highest level.

The NFL Draft

Introducing the next wave of NFL superstars. 

NFL Player Engagement

A look at the programs the NFL and its partners provide to help every player before, during and after his football career.

NFL Legends Community

Celebrating, educating, embracing and connecting all former NFL players with each other, their former teams and the league.

The Officials

The Officials

Discover the evolution of professional officiating, the weekly evaluation process and how the NFL identifies and develops the next generation of officials.

In Focus: History of the Official

“One thing hasn’t changed: the pressure. It will always be there.”

Inside NFL GameDay Central

The latest information from the NFL's officiating command center.

These Officials Are Really Good

Every week, officials take the field ready to put months of preparation, training and hard work on display, knowing that the whole world — and the Officiating Department — is watching.

Officiating Development

Officiating an NFL game takes years of training and experience. 

The Rules

The Rules

NFL Football Operations protects the integrity of the game by ensuring that the rules and the officiating are consistent and fair to all competitors.

In Focus: Evolution of the NFL Rules

The custodians of football not only have protected its integrity, but have also revised its playing rules to protect the players, and to make the games fairer and more entertaining.

2016 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

NFL Video Rulebook

The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.

2016 Rules Changes and Points of Emphasis

NFL Overtime Rules

NFL Tiebreaking Procedures

The NFL's procedures for breaking ties for postseason playoffs.

Signals Intelligence

The NFL's familiar hand signals help fans better understand the game.   

Stats Central

Stats Central

Go inside the game with the NFL's official game stats.  Sort the stats by season or by week.

Chart The Data

Chart and compare the NFL Football Operations stats you're looking for with the NFL's data tool. 

Weekly Dashboard

Get a snapshot of the current NFL game stats, updated weekly during the regular season.

2016 Roster of NFL Officials

The complete 2016 NFL roster of officials including crew assignments.

Following is the complete 2016 NFL roster of officials, including crew assignments, which may change during the season due to injury, schedule conflicts, performance issues, etc.  Swing officials will work with different crews throughout the season: 

No. Name Pos. College Crew NFL Experience (Including 2016)
122 Brad Allen R Pembroke State Allen 3
20 Barry Anderson U North Carolina State Wrolstad 10
66 Walt Anderson R Texas Anderson 21
108 Gary Arthur LJ Wright State Steratore 20
72 Michael Banks FJ Illinois State Vinovich 15
56 Allen Baynes SJ Auburn Hussey 9
59 Rusty Baynes LJ Auburn-Montgomery Hochuli 7
32 Jeff Bergman HL Robert Morris Triplette 25
91 Jerry Bergman HL Robert Morris McAulay 15
34 Clete Blakeman R Nebraska Blakeman 9
23 Jerome Boger R Morehouse Boger 13
18 Byron Boston LJ Austin Anderson 22
74 Derick Bowers HL East Central Coleman 14
98 Greg Bradley HL Tennessee Hochuli 8
43 Terry Brown FJ Tennessee-Knoxville Coleman 11
11 Fred Bryan U Northern Iowa Allen 8
86 Jimmy Buchanan FJ South Carolina State Hussey 8
134 Ed Camp HL William Paterson Boger 17
60 Gary Cavaletto SJ Hancock Vinovich 14
41 Boris Cheek SJ Morgan State Morelli 21
51 Carl Cheffers R California-Irvine Cheffers 17
16 Kevin Codey LJ Western New England Coleman 2
95 James Coleman FJ Arkansas Swing 12
65 Walt Coleman R Arkansas Coleman 28
87 Walt Coleman IV SJ Southern Methodist Boger 2
99 Tony Corrente R Cal State-Fullerton Corrente 22
94 Hugo Cruz HL Texas-Pan American Blakeman 2
27 Lee Dyer BJ Tennessee-Chattanooga Wrolstad 14
76 Alan Eck SJ Bloomsburg Coleman 1
3 Scott Edwards FJ Alabama Triplette 18
81 Roy Ellison U Savannah State Steratore 14
61 Keith Ferguson BJ San Jose State Hussey 17
64 Dan Ferrell U Cal State-Fullerton Corrente 14
71 Ruben Fowler U Huston-Tillotson Cheffers 11
88 Brad Freeman FJ Mississippi State Cheffers 3
133 Steve Freeman BJ Mississippi State Triplette 16
80 Greg Gautreaux SJ S.W. Louisiana Torbert 15
128 Ramon George U Lenoir Rhyne Blakeman 1
103 Eugene Hall FJ North Texas Boger 3
49 Rich Hall U Arizona Boger 13
40 Butch Hannah U Middle Tennessee State Anderson 18
125 Laird Hayes SJ Princeton Anderson 22
93 Scott Helverson BJ Iowa Hochuli 14
29 Adrian Hill FJ Buffalo Blakeman 7
97 Tom Hill FJ Carson Newman Allen 18
28 Mark Hittner HL Pittsburg State Wrolstad 20
85 Ed Hochuli R Texas-El Paso Hochuli 27
83 Shawn  Hochuli BJ Claremont Allen 3
82 Buddy Horton FJ Oregon State Corrente 18
37 Jim Howey HL Erskine Torbert 18
35 John Hussey R Idaho State Hussey 15
117 John Jenkins FJ St. Mary's Anderson 3
101 Carl Johnson LJ Nicholls State Morelli 13
55 Alex Kemp SJ Central Michigan Hochuli 3
121 Paul King U Nicholls State Torbert 8
21 Jeff Lamberth SJ Texas A&M Wrolstad 15
73 Joe Larrew SJ St. Louis Blakeman 15
2 Bart Longson LJ Brigham Young Corrente 2
89 Jon Lucivansky SJ Minnesota Swing 8
106 Wayne  Mackie HL Colgate Hussey 10
10 Julian Mapp LJ Grambling State Wrolstad 8
107 Ron Marinucci LJ Glassboro State Hussey 20
19 Clay Martin U Oklahoma Baptist Hochuli 2
39 Rich Martinez BJ Canisius McAulay 3
77 Terry McAulay R Louisiana State McAulay 19
5 John McGrath HL Kentucky Parry 15
8 Dana McKenzie LJ Toledo Boger 9
110 Phil McKinnely HL UCLA Vinovich 15
48 Jim Mello HL Northeastern Allen 13
118 Dave Meslow SJ Augsburg Allen 6
78 Greg Meyer BJ Texas Christian Vinovich 15
115 Tony Michalek U Indiana Hussey 15
111 Terrence Miles BJ Arizona State Coleman 9
120 Jonah Monroe SJ Arkansas McAulay 2
135 Pete Morelli R St. Mary's Morelli 20
92 Bryan Neale U Indiana Morelli 3
1 Scott Novak SJ Phoenix Cheffers 3
124 Carl Paganelli U Michigan State Swing 18
105 Dino Paganelli BJ Aquinas Steratore 11
46 Perry Paganelli BJ Hope Parry 19
132 John Parry R Purdue Parry 17
17 Steve Patrick BJ Jacksonville State Blakeman 3
15 Rick Patterson FJ Wofford  McAulay 21
79 Kent Payne HL Nebraska Wesleyan Cheffers 13
131 Mark Pellis U Allegheny Parry 3
9 Mark Perlman LJ Salem Vinovich 16
6 Jerod Phillips HL Northeastern State Anderson 1
47 Tim Podraza LJ Nebraska Cheffers 9
109 Dyrol Prioleau SJ Johnson C. Smith Triplette 10
30 Todd Prukop BJ Cal State-Fullerton Corrente 8
63 Jim Quirk BJ Middlebury  Cheffers 7
44 Jeff Rice U Northwestern Coleman 22
67 Doug Rosenbaum FJ Illinois Wesleyan Morelli 16
50 Aaron Santi FJ Southern Oregon Torbert 2
129 Bill Schuster U Alfred Swing 17
45 Jeff Seeman LJ Minnesota Parry 15
104 Dale Shaw FJ Allegheny Hochuli 4
14 Shawn Smith U Ferris State Triplette 2
90 Mike Spanier LJ St. Cloud State Swing 18
12 Greg Steed BJ Howard Morelli 14
84 Mark Steinkerchner LJ Akron Torbert 23
22 Steve Stelljes HL Friends Morelli 15
68 Tom Stephan LJ Pittsburg State McAulay 18
114 Gene Steratore R Kent State Steratore 14
112 Tony Steratore BJ California  Boger 17
102 Bruce Stritesky U Embry Riddle Vinovich 11
100 Tom Symonette LJ Florida Allen 13
53 Sarah Thomas LJ University of Mobile Triplette 2
62 Ron Torbert R Michigan State Torbert 7
42 Jeff Triplette R Wake Forest Triplette 21
13 Patrick Turner HL Cal State-Long Beach Corrente 3
75 Rob Vernatchi SJ California-Riverside Corrente 13
36 Tony Veteri LJ Manhattan Blakeman 25
52 Bill Vinovich R San Diego Vinovich 11
25 Bob Waggoner SJ Juniata Steratore 20
123 Ed Walker HL San Jose State Steratore 3
26 Jabir Walker FJ Murray State Parry 2
96 Undrey Wash U Texas-Arlington McAulay 17
7 Keith Washington SJ Virginia Military Institute Parry 9
116 Mike Weatherford FJ Oklahoma State Steratore 15
119 Greg Wilson BJ USC Anderson 9
4 Craig Wrolstad R Washington Wrolstad 14
38 Greg Yette BJ Howard Torbert 7
33 Steve Zimmer FJ Hofstra Wrolstad 20