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.

Forty-three members of the NFL family, including 28 current and former players, will take part in the second annual NFL Personal Finance Camp in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on April 4-7. Green Bay Packers linebacker Julius Peppers, Chicago Bears safety Antrel Rolle and Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch are among the players taking part in the four-day financial education program. Fifteen players will be attending with their spouses or significant others, nearly doubling the total number of participants from the inaugural event last spring.

The program, developed jointly by NFL Player Engagement, the University of Miami School of Business Administration and TD Ameritrade, offers participants an opportunity to get an in-depth understanding of the people, investments and forces in the financial world, and equips them with the knowledge and tools to help them build generational wealth and maintain long-term financial security.

“Programs like the Personal Finance Camp provide our players and their families with the resources, skills and support to achieve success in all aspects of their lives. Financial stability is critical to that success,” said Charles Way, NFL vice president of Player Engagement. “The Personal Finance Camp offers players the education and means to better manage their money and start to build generational wealth to secure their financial futures.”

Over the four days, participants will receive instruction from University of Miami School of Business Administration faculty and TD Ameritrade financial professionals, as well as former NFL All-Pro defensive end Patrick Kerney, now the director of business development at National Fire & Casualty Investments. Program sessions will include “Building Generational Wealth,” “Funding an Uncertain Lifespan,” “Planning and Building Your Portfolio,” and “Examining Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning.” Throughout the week, participants also will have the opportunity to receive one-on-one financial planning assistance.

“We’ve designed the program specifically for past and current players to help them achieve long-term financial security,” said David Lecón, director of executive education at the University of Miami School of Business Administration. “It is wonderful to see so many NFL players making such crucial investment in their future.”

“We all face an evolving definition of retirement – one where the end of a career does not necessarily mean the end of employment,” said Denise Karkos, chief marketing officer, TD Ameritrade. “This is especially true for many NFL players and their families, making a financial plan no longer a luxury, but a necessity. That’s why we are proud to help present Personal Finance Camp for a second straight year. Through education we can help participants establish good financial habits, increase understanding and break down the barriers that stand between them and their financial goals.”

This is one of several career and professional development programs NFL Player Engagement offers to current and former players and their families. More than 40 players and their significant others took part in the inaugural Business Academy last month at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

Following is a list of participating players:

Brandon Copeland, DET

Michael Daniels, GB

Matt Darr, MIA

Akeem Davis, IND

Kyle Fuller, CHI

Lawrence Guy, BAL

Jerrell Harris, DAL

Cooper Helfet, SEA

Neville Hewitt, MIA

Lamarr Houston, CHI

James-Michael Johnson, MIA

Wesley Johnson, NYJ

Jason Jones, DET

Ryan Lindley, IND

Sen’Derrick Marks, JAC

Josh Martin, NYJ

Tim Masthay, GB

Chris McCain, MIA

Jamize Olawale, OAK

Julius Peppers, GB

Seth Roberts, OAK

Antrel Rolle, CHI

Rodger Saffold, LA

Greg Salas, BUF

Coty Sensabaugh, TEN

Neiko Thorpe, OAK

Stephen Tulloch, DET

Jordan Williams, MIA

About NFL Player Engagement

NFL Player Engagement assists players in reaching their highest potential on- and off-the-field with guidance, support, and resources provided before, during, and after their NFL experiences. NFL Player Engagement works with three core audiences: Prep, Life, and Next. NFL Life (current players) and NFL Next (former players) reach more than 2,000 NFL players and spouses each year through a variety of programs and services focused on career development, financial and continuing education, as well as personal, psychological, and physical wellness. NFL Prep provides high-school and college student-athletes of all sports with tools to help them succeed in life, focused on awareness, prevention, and education. More information can be found at www.nflplayerengagement.com

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