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. 

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.

This year’s end-of-season awards to the NFL’s best players will include a new recognition of sportsmanship on the field: the Art Rooney Award. The winner will be announced at the 4th Annual NFL Honors on Saturday, Jan. 31 — the day before Super Bowl XLIX. The awards ceremony will be broadcast on NBC at 8 p.m. EST.

The Art Rooney Award — honoring the legendary founder of the Pittsburgh Steelers — will go to the NFL player who demonstrates on the field the qualities of great sportsmanship, including fair play, respect for opponents, and integrity in competition. The NFL Foundation will make a $25,000 donation on behalf of the player to a charity of his choice.

Denver Broncos defensive end DeMarcus Ware is seen in action during the NFL divisional playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015 in Denver, CO. The Colts defeated the Broncos 24-13. (AP Photo/Ric Tapia)

Denver Broncos defensive end DeMarcus Ware is seen in action during the NFL divisional playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015 in Denver, CO. The Colts defeated the Broncos 24-13. (AP Photo/Ric Tapia)

The winner will also be presented with the Art Rooney Trophy, representing the important role that sportsmanship plays in the game and highlighting how NFL players who demonstrate integrity and honor on the field serve as role models for players at all levels of the game..

Each of the 32 NFL teams nominated a player for the award during the season. Four former players from the NFL Legends Community — Warrick Dunn, Curtis Martin, Karl Mecklenburg and Leonard Wheeler — selected eight finalists, four from the AFC and four from the NFC. The winner was selected by the players, who voted for the winner on their 2015 Pro Bowl ballots.

The finalists are:

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson makes a catch during an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on Sunday January 4, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. Dallas won 24-20. (AP Photo/Aaron M. Sprecher)

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson makes a catch during an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on Sunday January 4, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. Dallas won 24-20. (AP Photo/Aaron M. Sprecher)

  •       Thomas Davis – LB, Carolina
  •       Larry Fitzgerald – WR, Arizona
  •       Chad Greenway – LB, Minnesota
  •       Calvin Johnson – WR, Detroit
  •       Troy Polamalu – S, Pittsburgh
  •       Matthew Slater – WR/ST, New England
  •       Alex Smith – QB, Kansas City
  •       DeMarcus Ware – DE, Denver

The award honors Art Rooney Sr., who founded the Steelers in 1933 and became a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1964. Affectionately known as “The Chief,” Rooney turned the Steelers into four-time Super Bowl champions in the 1970s and played an active role in team operations until his death in 1988. 

“I think my grandfather would be a little uncomfortable with the idea of an award being named for him,” said Steelers President Art Rooney II. “But I think he would appreciate that it is an award recognizing sportsmanship in the game of football, and that it honors a player who displays respect for the game and respect for the other players of the game. My grandfather cared about integrity in the game of football, and the recipient of this award should be proud his peers look at him in such a respectful manner.” 

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