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 will recognize its best players, performances and plays from the 2015 season during a two-hour primetime awards special — “NFL Honors” — on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 9 PM ET and PT on CBS.

The 2016 Pro Football Hall Of Fame class will be announced and will appear on stage during the show at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.  The 15 finalists were announced on Thursday, Jan. 7.   

Joined by current NFL stars and former NFL Legends, The Associated Press will announce its annual accolades in an awards-show format. “NFL Honors,” which debuted in 2012 in Indianapolis, is an annual event that takes place from the Super Bowl city the evening before the game. The winners will be on hand to accept their awards.

The night will kick off with the “Super Bowl Saturday Night presented by Bose,” a red carpet show on NFL Network at 8 PM ET, which features the presentation of the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award and many of the celebrities who will be celebrating the best of the NFL later that evening.

Among the awards that will be announced will be the prestigious Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide, which recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence. The winner of the Rooney Sportsmanship Award presented by McDonald’s, as voted by his peers, also will be recognized.  

The AP will hand out seven of the awards at the event — Most Valuable Player, Coach of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Offensive Rookie of the Year, Defensive Rookie of the Year and Comeback Player of the Year.

A nationwide media panel of 50 people who regularly cover the league vote on the awards at the end of the regular NFL season. The ballots are tabulated solely by the AP.

The full list of awards that will be presented will be:

  • AP Most Valuable Player, presented by Verizon
  • AP Coach of the Year, presented by Lenovo
  • AP Offensive Player of the Year, presented by Microsoft
  • AP Defensive Player of the Year
  • AP Offensive Rookie of the Year
  • AP Defensive Rookie of the Year
  • AP Comeback Player of the Year
  • Rooney Sportsmanship Award, presented by McDonald’s
  • NFL.com Fantasy Player of the Year, presented by SAP
  • Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, presented by Nationwide
  • Don Shula NFL HS Coach of the Year Award
  • FedEx Air & Ground Players of the Year
  • Castrol EDGE Clutch Performer of the Year
  • Bridgestone Performance Play of the Year
  • Courtyard’s Greatness on the Road Award
  • Salute To Service Award, presented by USAA
  • Deacon Jones Sack Leader
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