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.

Technology

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. 

Behind the Stripes: Timeline

Starting the next week’s work when this week’s final whistle blows.

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

NFL SVP of Officiating Dean Blandino 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.

The NFL has named the 32 player nominees for the third annual Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award. The 2016 winner will be revealed at NFL Honors before Super Bowl LI in Houston.

The award was created in 2014 in honor of the late founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pro Football Hall of Famer Art Rooney, Sr.

Each NFL team nominated one player for the award, which recognizes players around the league who exemplify outstanding sportsmanship on the field.

Current NFL players vote to determine the winner of the NFL Sportsmanship Award. A panel of former players from the NFL Legends Community — Warrick Dunn, Curtis Martin, Karl Mecklenburg and Leonard Wheeler — will select eight finalists (four in the AFC and four in the NFC) from the 32 nominees.

The eight finalists will be listed on the Pro Bowl ballot under the NFL Sportsmanship Award category when players vote on Friday, Dec. 16. From the eight finalists, each team’s players will submit a consensus vote of their choice for the winner. As in Pro Bowl voting, a team cannot vote for its own player.

The award is presented each year to an NFL player who best demonstrates the qualities of on-field sportsmanship, including fair play, respect for the game and opponents, and integrity in competition.

Charles Woodson of the Oakland Raiders received the 2015 award. Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals was the inaugural winner in 2014.

The players' choice for this year will be announced during the nationally televised NFL Honors show on Saturday, Feb. 4 on FOX, the night before Super Bowl LI. The winner will receive a $25,000 donation from the NFL Foundation to a charity of his choice. He will also receive a trophy that represents the important role that sportsmanship plays in the game, and how NFL players that demonstrate integrity and honor on the field serve as role models for players at all levels.

2016 ART ROONEY SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD NOMINEES
Arizona Cardinals DT Calais Campbell
Atlanta Falcons FB Patrick DiMarco
Baltimore Ravens G Marshal Yanda
Buffalo Bills DT Kyle Williams
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen
Chicago Bears LB Sam Acho
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green
Cleveland Browns T Joe Thomas
Dallas Cowboys CB Brandon Carr
Denver Broncos LB DeMarcus Ware
Detroit Lions S Glover Quin
Green Bay Packers LB Julius Peppers
Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing
Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore
Jacksonville Jaguars LB Paul Posluszny
Kansas City Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson
Los Angeles Rams DE Robert Quinn
Miami Dolphins T Branden Albert
Minnesota Vikings CB Terence Newman
New England Patriots S Devin McCourty
New Orleans Saints T Zach Strief
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz
New York Jets WR Brandon Marshall
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr
Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles
Pittsburgh Steelers LB Arthur Moats
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers
San Francisco 49ers T Joe Staley
Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota
Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins
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