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.

Fines & Appeals

The NFL's schedule of infractions and fines, and a process for appeal.

NFL Careers in Football Forum

The NFL strives to cultivate a qualified and diverse workforce.

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

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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.

2017 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

NFL Video Rulebook

The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.

2017 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 night before Super Bowl LII, the NFL handed out its awards from the 2017 season at NFL Honors — a two-hour primetime awards special recognizing the best players, performances and plays.

Here’s the full list of winners.

2018 NFL AWARDS
AP Most Valuable Player Tom Brady - New England Patriots
AP Coach of the Year  Sean McVay - Los Angeles Rams
AP Comeback Player of the Year Keenan Allen - Los Angeles Chargers
AP Offensive Player of the Year presented by Microsoft Todd Gurley - Los Angeles Rams
AP Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald - Los Angeles Rams
AP Offensive Rookie of the Year  Alvin Kamara - New Orleans Saints
AP Defensive Rookie of the Year Marshon Lattimore - New Orleans Saints
AP Assistant Coach of the Year Pat Shurmur - Minnesota Vikings
Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award  Luke Kuechly - Carolina Panthers
Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year presented by Nationwide J.J. Watt - Houston Texans
Deacon Jones Award Chandler Jones - Arizona Cardinals
FedEx Air Player of the Year Carson Wentz - Philadelphia Eagles
FedEx Ground Player of the Year Todd Gurley - Los Angeles Rams
Salute To Service Award Presented by USAA Andre Roberts - Atlanta Falcons
Bridgestone Elite Performance Play of the Year Minnesota Vikings - Minneapolis Miracle​
Courtyard's Greatness on the Road Award Deshaun Watson - Houston Texans
Castrol EDGE Clutch Performer of the Year Drew Brees - ​New Orleans Saints
Built Ford Tough Offensive Line of the Year Philadelphia Eagles Offensive Line
Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award Rob Garrett - Crenshaw High School
Celebration of the Year Philadelphia Eagles' Electric Slide
Game Changer presented by Secret Deodorant Sam Gordon
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