NFL Legends Programs
Supporting Legends and their families throughout their transition.
Protecting the integrity of the greatest game.
It's our responsibility to strengthen the sport.
Ensuring a consistent and fair game that is decided on the field, by the players.
Ensuring that players conduct themselves in a way that honors the sport and respects the game.
Knees Bent. Pads Down. Head Up & Out.
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Honoring the league’s commitment to serve the communities where the game is played.
Meet the people behind NFL Operations.
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.
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How television has changed the game.
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Promoting the values of football.
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.
Creating an NFL player: from “everyman” to “superman.”
Supporting the next generation of players and fans.
Preparing players of all ages for success at football’s highest level.
Introducing the next wave of NFL superstars.
A look at the programs and services NFL Player Engagement provides to assist every player before, during and after his football career.
Strengthening football and the community.
Strengthening the NFL brotherhood.
Discover the evolution of professional officiating, the weekly evaluation process and how the NFL identifies and develops the next generation of officials.
“One thing hasn’t changed: the pressure. It will always be there.”
The latest information from the NFL's officiating command center.
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 an NFL game takes years of training and experience.
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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.
The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.
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The NFL's procedures for breaking ties for postseason playoffs.
The NFL's familiar hand signals help fans better understand the game.
A quick reference guide to the NFL rulebook.
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See where the players line up in pro football's most common offensive and defensive formations.
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Supporting Legends and their families throughout their transition.
Since its launch, the community’s peer-to-peer model has fostered one of the strongest brotherhoods in professional sports. Whether Legends interested in jumpstarting a new career or simply staying connected with former teammates and the game they love, the Legends Community has a program to support.
Here are a few ways the NFL Legends Community serves, celebrates and engages Legends and their families:
The Legends Community hosts an annual welcome event for new Legends and their families to meet with different NFL departments, The Trust and the Player Benefits team to keep them connected to the game.
The Legends Lunch and Learn Series — held by teams and at NFL headquarters — introduces players to everything the Legends Community offers and provides a platform for their voices to be heard.
The NFL Legends Lounge brings Legends together to celebrate the game and their permanent place in it. The Lounge, which debuted at Super Bowl XLVIII, is a free and private hospitality space open exclusively to current players and Legends. Found at every major NFL calendar event, it’s an opportunity for Legends to relax and reengage with former teammates.
Legends have the unique understanding of the characteristics shared by athletes who succeed in football. They have an ideal skill set for evaluating and coaching talent. These programs provide Legends with the tools for a second career in football.
The Nunn-Wooten Scouting Fellowship, created by the NFL in January 2015, introduces players to a career in professional scouting. The program gives participants a glimpse into player personnel by exposing them to college and pro scouting.
Participants shadow members of an NFL team’s scouting staff and learn:
“The Nunn-Wooten Scouting Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for our Legends to learn more about this important profession,” said Troy Vincent, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations.
The NFL Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship helps Legends, minority coaches and high school coaches advance their coaching career through:
Ron Rivera, Mike Tomlin, Marvin Lewis and Anthony Lynn all participated in the fellowship.
“The fellowship gave me my first exposure to coaching in the NFL, and it solidified my dedication to wanting to become a coach in the National Football League,” said Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.
These programs support Legends and their families in their transition.
The Bridge to Success provides Legends with resources to tackle life after football. Trained Transition Coaches — NFL Legends who serve as a resource to fellow players — offer guidance and support.
Legends and their families can access networking events and professional resources focusing on personal finance, health and wellness, career development and more.
Current players and Legends can to explore their post-football career options with a job shadow or internship at a local or national business. Whether during the off-season or after their playing days, this program connects players to professional opportunities.