Support for Players, On and Off the Field
NFL Player Engagement sets up players for success in football and in life.
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 and Out.
The NFL is proud of the HBCU professional football legacy.
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.
Countdown to kickoff: how NFL games happen.
See the NFL personnel at every game, what they do and you can identify them.
In the NFL, balancing technology with tradition.
How television has changed the game.
Upon further review…
It takes hundreds of computers and five NFL executives to create the NFL’s 256-game masterpiece.
The annual analytics contest explores statistical innovations in football — how the game is played and coached.
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 the NFL brotherhood.
NFL Total Wellness assists players, Legends and their families before, during and after their playing experiences.
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 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.
NFL Football Operations protects the integrity of the game by ensuring that the rules and the officiating are consistent and fair to all competitors.
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.
Explore the official rules of the game.
The NFL's familiar hand signals help fans better understand the game.
The NFL's procedures for breaking ties for postseason playoffs.
A quick reference guide to the NFL rulebook.
Sharpen your NFL football knowledge with this glossary of the game's fundamental terms.
See where the players line up in pro football's most common offensive and defensive formations.
Understand what the graphics on NFL television broadcasts mean and how they can help you get the most out of watching NFL games.
The NFL’s instant replay review process focuses on expediting instant replay reviews and ensuring consistency. Learn how it works.
Go inside the game with the NFL's official game stats. Sort the stats by season or by week.
Welcome to the Extra Point, where members of the NFL's football data and analytics team will share updates on league-wide trends in football data, interesting visualizations that showcase innovative ways to use the league's data, and provide an inside look at how the NFL uses data-driven insight to improve and monitor player and team performance.
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Get a snapshot of the current NFL game stats, updated weekly during the regular season.
NFL Player Engagement sets up players for success in football and in life.
Becoming an NFL player represents the fulfillment of a life-long dream. Professionally, personally and financially, a player’s life — and the life of his family — is about to change. An NFL career provides tremendous opportunities, but comes with some challenges. NFL Player Engagement is there from day one to assist players as they make this transition.
PE connects with rookies well before they play in their first NFL game. Every summer, each team provides rookies and undrafted free agents with information, resources and expert advice to support them in their transition to the NFL. Many teams make current players and NFL Legends — who have experience making this transition — available as mentors for the incoming class. The program consistently evolves to apply updated principles in clinical research, psychology, and social education. Additionally, players are provided League policies and collectively bargained benefits.
Rookie Success Program content is delivered by team clinicians and field experts in a variety of formats and is administered under the direction of the Club Director of Player Engagement with support from the NFL PE department. Modules reinforce personal and professional developmental activities, such as ways to improve decision-making skills and how to use the resources available to them and their families. Other areas of focus include player health & safety, benefits, time management, total wellness, domestic violence awareness, financial literacy and other transferable skills.
NFL Player Engagement provides all players a platform to grow personally, professionally, academically and financially. These include offseason opportunities such as:
Eventually, every football player will transition to new interests and career opportunities. Players, who have pursued their football careers with unwavering dedication for most of their lives, may find the transition challenging.
NFL Player Engagement (PE) is here to serve, equip, and empower players and their families during their transition and beyond by supporting them as they pursue new career paths, earn degrees or certifications, budget for the future and connect with other Legends. PE programs connect players with information about potential careers, internships, networking opportunities and more, so players can use the traits that made them successful on the field and apply them to their next opportunity.
The Life Beyond the Game program equips and empowers Legends with information, resources and transition coaches to support them and their families in the next transition — mentally, emotionally, physically and financially.
“The program allows us to take a step back, find some of those transferable skills, and then apply those same things that have made us great in football to make us great in life after,” said Freddie Scott II, Falcons Legend and founder of Unlock the Champion, a national performance and leadership development company, providing strategic planning, executive coaching, and leadership development.
“That’s what this program and that’s what being a transition coach is all about,” says Jets Legend Chad Pennington, “to use each other as [resources and] an extended locker room outside of the game to be able to figure out what every one of our paths should be and is going to be.”
NFL Player Engagement hosts annual events during Super Bowl week for players, Legends and their families, including: