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.

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

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 the NFL and its partners provide to help every player before, during and after his football career.

NFL Legends Community

Celebrating, educating, embracing and connecting all former NFL players with each other, their former teams and the league.

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.   

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.

The NFL unveiled a new TV commercial during halftime of the 2018 Pro Bowl that highlights the many ways in which players are strengthening their communities and championing causes that are close to their hearts.

The 30-second spot, narrated by Academy-Award winner Forest Whitaker will continue to air on NFL Network and during Super Bowl pregame coverage on NBC.

The spot drives home a message of hope and highlights players' efforts across a range of league-supported causes and initiatives, including:

  • Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who raised more than $37 million in support of Hurricane Harvey relief programs;
  • Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long and Torrey Smith of the Philadelphia Eagles and their social justice-related efforts around police and community relations, criminal justice reform and education and economic advancement for low-income communities, primarily communities of color;
  • Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker's USO tour as part of the NFL's Salute to Service;
  • Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson's weekly visits to the Seattle Children's Hospital, often accompanied by his wife, Ciara;
  • Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan spending the day with children at a school in New Orleans; and
  • Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson speaking at Liberty University on racial equality.

"Our ability to make an impact doesn't end the same day as our playing career does," said NFL Legend Warrick Dunn, who appears in the spot helping a family move into their new home. "Thousands of NFL players continue to work and inspire others to do the same in their communities. I enjoy being in this group because it extends my ability to learn and grow as I mature outside of football."

"We are extremely proud of our players' dedication to their communities, from hospital visits to USO trips to making a difference in underserved neighborhoods," said NFL Chief Marketing Officer Dawn Hudson. "This new spot reflects the ongoing partnership with our players to making a difference in neighborhoods across the country, and we will continue to work together to shine a light on these important causes."

The commercial comes on the heels of announcements by the NFL about its collaboration with the Players Coalition around social justice, including a newly formed working committee of owners and players to oversee and co-develop community-based initiatives in partnership with the league.

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