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.

NFL Way to Play

Knees Bent. Pads Down. Head Up.

The NFL and HBCUs

The NFL is proud of the HBCU professional football legacy.

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.


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 five NFL executives to create the NFL’s 256-game masterpiece.

Big Data Bowl

The inaugural analytics contest explores statistical innovations in football — how the game is played and coached.

Youth Football

Promoting the values of football.

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 and services NFL Player Engagement provides to assist every player before, during and after his football career.

College All Star Games

Strengthening football and the community.

NFL Legends Community

Strengthening the NFL brotherhood.

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.

NFL Video Rulebook

The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.

2018 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

2018 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.   

NFL Rules Digest

A quick reference guide to the NFL rulebook.

Football 101

Football 101

Terms Glossary

Sharpen your NFL football knowledge with this glossary of the game's fundamental terms. 

Formations 101

See where the players line up in pro football's most common offensive and defensive formations.

Quick Guide to NFL TV Graphics

Understand what the graphics on NFL television broadcasts mean and how they can help you get the most out of watching NFL games.

NFL Instant Replay Process

The NFL’s instant replay review process focuses on expediting instant replay reviews and ensuring consistency. Learn how it works.

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.

2018 Roster of NFL Officials

The complete 2018 NFL roster of officials including crew assignments.

The following is the complete 2018 NFL roster of officials, including crew assignments, which may change during the season due to injury, schedule conflicts, etc.:

No. Name Pos. College Crew NFL Experience (including 2018)
122 Brad Allen R Pembroke State Allen 5
20 Barry Anderson U North Carolina State Cheffers 12
66 Walt Anderson R Texas Anderson 23
108 Gary Arthur LJ Wright State Cheffers 22
72 Michael Banks SJ Illinois State Parry 17
56 Allen Baynes SJ Auburn Hussey 11
59 Rusty Baynes LJ Auburn-Montgomery Boger 9
32 Jeff Bergman LJ Robert Morris Kemp 27
91 Jerry Bergman DJ Robert Morris Coleman 17
34 Clete Blakeman R Nebraska Blakeman 11
23 Jerome Boger R Morehouse Boger 15
40 Brian Bolinger LJ Indiana State Allen 2
18 Byron Boston LJ Austin Anderson 24
74 Derick Bowers LJ East Central Hussey 16
98 Greg Bradley LJ Tennessee Hochuli 10
43 Terry Brown FJ Tennessee Anderson 13
11 Fred Bryan U Northern Iowa Martin 10
86 Jimmy Buchanan FJ South Carolina State Torbert 10
134 Ed Camp DJ William Paterson Hochuli 19
63 Mike Carr DJ Wisconsin Boger 2
60 Gary Cavaletto SJ Hancock Vinovich 16
41 Boris Cheek SJ Morgan State Morelli 23
51 Carl Cheffers R California-Irvine Cheffers 19
130 Land Clark FJ Sevier Valley Tech Cheffers 1
16 Kevin Codey DJ Western New England Hussey 4
95 James Coleman SJ Arkansas Smith 14
65 Walt Coleman R Arkansas Coleman 30
87 Walt Coleman IV LJ Southern Methodist Blakeman 4
99 Tony Corrente R Cal State-Fullerton Corrente 24
94 Hugo Cruz DJ Texas-Pan American Cheffers 4
25 Ryan Dickson SJ Utah Corrente 2
27 Lee Dyer BJ Tennessee-Chattanooga Anderson 16
76 Alan Eck U Bloomsburg Corrente 3
96 Matt Edwards FJ Western Michigan Parry 1
3 Scott Edwards SJ Alabama Torbert 20
81 Roy Ellison U Savannah State Hochuli 16
61 Keith Ferguson BJ San Jose State Morelli 19
64 Dan Ferrell U Cal State-Fullerton Torbert 16
71 Ruben Fowler U Huston-Tillotson Allen 13
88 Brad Freeman SJ Mississippi State Martin 5
133 Steve Freeman BJ Mississippi State Kemp 18
80 Greg Gautreaux FJ S.W. Louisiana Coleman 17
128 Ramon George U Lenoir-Rhyne Blakeman 3
103 Eugene Hall SJ North Texas Cheffers 5
49 Rich Hall U Arizona Kemp 15
93 Scott Helverson BJ Iowa Wrolstad 16
29 Adrian Hill SJ Buffalo Wrolstad 9
125 Chad Hill SJ Mississippi Hochuli 1
97 Tom Hill FJ Carson Newman Hochuli 20
28 Mark Hittner DJ Pittsburg State Smith 22
83 Shawn Hochuli R Claremont Hochuli 5
35 John Hussey R Idaho State Hussey 17
36 Anthony Jeffries FJ Alabama-Birmingham Morelli 1
117 John Jenkins FJ St. Mary's Kemp 5
101 Carl Johnson LJ Nicholls State Wrolstad 15
67 Tony Josselyn BJ Eastern Kentucky Torbert 1
55 Alex Kemp R Central Michigan Kemp 5
121 Paul King U Nicholls State Wrolstad 10
21 Jeff Lamberth FJ Texas A&M Wrolstad 17
73 Joe Larrew FJ St. Louis Blakeman 17
2 Bart Longson LJ Brigham Young Smith 4
10 Julian Mapp LJ Grambling State Parry 10
19 Clay Martin R Oklahoma Baptist Martin 4
39 Rich Martinez BJ Canisius Hochuli 5
8 Dana McKenzie DJ Toledo Blakeman 11
110 Phil McKinnely DJ UCLA Vinovich 17
48 Jim Mello DJ Northeastern Allen 15
118 David Meslow FJ Augsburg Martin 8
78 Greg Meyer BJ Texas Christian Cheffers 17
115 Tony Michalek U Indiana Hussey 17
111 Terrence Miles BJ Arizona State Allen 11
120 Jonah Monroe SJ Arkansas Boger 4
135 Pete Morelli R St. Mary's Morelli 22
92 Bryan Neale U Indiana Smith 5
1 Scott Novak SJ Phoenix Allen 5
24 David Oliver DJ Baker Parry 2
124 Carl Paganelli U Michigan State Anderson 20
105 Dino Paganelli BJ Aquinas Smith 13
46 Perry Paganelli BJ Hope Parry 21
132 John Parry R Purdue Parry 19
17 Steve Patrick BJ Jacksonville State Vinovich 5
15 Rick Patterson SJ Wofford Anderson 23
79 Kent Payne LJ Nebraska Wesleyan Martin 15
131 Mark Pellis U Allegheny Parry 5
9 Mark Perlman LJ Salem Vinovich 18
6 Jerod Phillips DJ Northeastern State Wrolstad 3
47 Tim Podraza LJ Nebraska Corrente 11
109 Dyrol Prioleau SJ Johnson C. Smith Blakeman 12
30 Todd Prukop BJ Cal State-Fullerton Corrente 10
5 Jim Quirk BJ Middlebury Blakeman 9
44 Jeff Rice U Northwestern Coleman 24
31 Mearl Robinson FJ Air Force Vinovich 2
126 Brad Rogers FJ Lubbock Christian Smith 2
50 Aaron Santi FJ Southern Oregon Kemp 4
129 Bill Schuster U Alfred Boger 19
45 Jeff Seeman LJ Minnesota Morelli 17
104 Dale Shaw FJ Allegheny Boger 6
113 Danny Short DJ North Carolina-Charlotte Martin 2
14 Shawn Smith R Ferris State Smith 4
90 Mike Spanier LJ St. Cloud State 20
12 Greg Steed BJ Howard Hussey 16
84 Mark Steinkerchner LJ Akron Torbert 25
22 Steve Stelljes DJ Friends Morelli 17
68 Tom Stephan DJ Pittsburg State Anderson 20
112 Tony Steratore BJ California, Pa. Boger 19
75 Mark Stewart LJ Pittsburg State Coleman 1
102 Bruce Stritesky U Embry Riddle Vinovich 13
100 Tom Symonette DJ Florida Kemp 15
53 Sarah Thomas DJ Mobile Torbert 4
62 Ron Torbert R Michigan State Torbert 9
13 Patrick Turner DJ Cal State-Long Beach Corrente 5
52 Bill Vinovich R San Diego Vinovich 14
26 Jabir Walker SJ Murray State Coleman 4
7 Keith Washington FJ Virginia Military Institute Corrente 11
116 Mike Weatherford FJ Oklahoma State 17
58 Don Willard FJ Illinois State Hussey 1
119 Greg Wilson BJ USC Martin 11
54 Steve Woods U Wabash Morelli 2
4 Craig Wrolstad R Washington Wrolstad 16
38 Greg Yette BJ Howard Coleman 9
33 Steve Zimmer FJ Hofstra Allen 22

Two officials — Mike Spanier and Mike Weatherford — will not be assigned to crews and will work with different crews throughout the season.