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 and Out.

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. 

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

Big Data Bowl

The annual 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 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.

2019 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game. 6.2.5

2019 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.

The Extra Point

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.

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.

The NFL announced in December the 32 players who were honored as their team’s Man of the Year and who represent the best of the NFL’s commitment to philanthropy and community impact.

The players are eligible to win the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide, which recognizes one player each year for his excellence on and off the field.

Three of the nominees will be selected as finalists for the award, named for the Hall of Fame Chicago Bears running back, Walter Payton, who died in 1999. Finalists will be announced in January and the winner will be announced during the 5th Annual NFL Honors awards show, which airs nationally on Feb. 6, the night before Super Bowl 50, from 9-11 p.m. ET on CBS.

Each of the nominees receives a $5,000 donation courtesy of the NFL Foundation and Nationwide to the charity of his choice. The winner will receive an additional $50,000 donation to his charity, while the two runner-ups will receive an additional $6,000 donation to their charities.

“Serving their communities and philanthropic causes is a strong and long-standing tradition of NFL players,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “These outstanding young men embrace and represent that important commitment of giving back to our communities. We salute and thank our players for their leadership.”

To further celebrate and promote the 32 nominees, Nationwide, the presenting sponsor of the award, will execute an inaugural Charity Challenge. Team nominees will each have a unique hashtag and fans will be encouraged to tweet using player hashtags. The player hashtag that generates the most mentions will win a $20,000 donation to his charity of choice from Nationwide. 

Below is a list of team nominees. For more team nominees and award information, visit NFL.com/manoftheyear.

2015 WALTER PAYTON NFL MAN OF THE YEAR TEAM WINNERS

Arizona Cardinals – Patrick Peterson

Atlanta Falcons – Patrick DiMarco

Baltimore Ravens – Steve Smith Sr.

Buffalo Bills – Eric Wood

Carolina Panthers – Greg Olsen

Chicago Bears – Matt Forté

Cincinnati Bengals – Carlos Dunlap

Cleveland Browns – Gary Barnidge

Dallas Cowboys – Brandon Carr

Denver Broncos – David Bruton Jr.

Detroit Lions – Stephen Tulloch

Green Bay Packers – Sam Barrington

Houston Texans – J.J. Watt

Indianapolis Colts – Dwayne Allen

Jacksonville Jaguars – Zane Beadles

Kansas City Chiefs – Eric Berry

Miami Dolphins – Ryan Tannehill

Minnesota Vikings – Chad Greenway

New England Patriots – Devin McCourty

New Orleans Saints – Benjamin Watson

New York Giants – Eli Manning

New York Jets – Eric Decker

Oakland Raiders – Justin Tuck

Philadelphia Eagles – Connor Barwin

Pittsburgh Steelers – Cameron Heyward

San Diego Chargers – Darrell Stuckey

San Francisco 49ers – Anquan Boldin

Seattle Seahawks – Richard Sherman

St. Louis Rams – Chris Long

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Vincent Jackson

Tennessee Titans – Delanie Walker

Washington Redskins – Ryan Kerrigan

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