NFL Way to Play

Knees Bent. Pads Down. Head Up and Out.

The NFL Way to Play shows the league’s commitment to promoting proper playing technique across all levels of football.

Through the lens of the best in the game — current players, NFL Legends and head coaches — the initiative highlights proper technique, shares best practices and showcases the NFL Way to Play.

Download the Way To Play Playbook

Download the Way To Play Playbook

“NFL Way to Play is about recognizing good play each week: Knees bent. Pads down. Head up,” said Troy Vincent, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations. “NFL players and coaches are the best in the world at demonstrating excellent technique.”

NFL Way to Play 

  • Current players and NFL Legends from key positions (running back, wide receiver, offensive and defensive line, linebacker and defensive back) demonstrate proper technique.
  • NFL coaches explain fundamental concepts, share best practices and advice on how to coach each position on the field.
  • The NFL Way to Play Award, selected by a distinguished panel of Legends, recognizes current players at both the pro and high school level who exhibit excellent playing technique each week of NFL regular season
  • The Playbook, created with the Legends Youth Advisory Committee, is a tool for youth coaches that outlines the curriculum, language to use, and fundamentals of the game.
  • Prepare to Play Virtual Videos, created to keep you active while social distancing as an important part of staying home and staying strong. With these virtual videos, trainings for ages 14 and up can be done anywhere at home and without much equipment.
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