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.

Social Justice

NFL COVID-19 Protocols

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.

Game Day Assistants

See the NFL personnel at every game, what they do and you can identify them. 


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.

NFL Legends Community

Strengthening the NFL brotherhood.

NFL Total Wellness

NFL Total Wellness assists players, Legends and their families before, during and after their playing experiences.

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.

2020 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

2020 Rules Changes and Points of Emphasis

NFL Overtime Rules

Signals Intelligence

The NFL's familiar hand signals help fans better understand the game.   

NFL Tiebreaking Procedures

The NFL's procedures for breaking ties for postseason playoffs.

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.

On Sunday, Feb. 23, NFL Network will provide a marathon of programming in honor of Black History Month, highlighted by the premiere of “NFL 360: Fritz Pollard – A Forgotten Man” at 8 p.m. EST.  

In “A Forgotten Man,” NFL Network analyst Nate Burleson is joined by Pro Football Hall of Famers Tony Dungy and Art Shell, Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II, Fritz Pollard III and New Orleans Saints defensive end Cam Jordan as they showcase the life of Fritz Pollard. Burleson speaks with African American luminaries about their experiences in comparison to what Pollard faced nearly a century ago.

As a College and Pro Football Hall of Famer, prolific businessman and civil rights advocate, Pollard pushed the NFL toward reintegration and to form a greater appreciation for the contributions of all its players. Pollard's legacy lives on through the Fritz Pollard Alliance, and through his years of advocacy which has brought together NFL front-office personnel committed to equal opportunity.

Sunday's marathon of programming begins at 8 a.m. EST with Super Bowl XXII, the game in which Doug Williams became the first African American quarterback to win a Super Bowl. Following the broadcast, “Doug Williams: A Football Life” (noon EST) tells the story of Williams’ journey from rural Louisiana to becoming a first-round draft pick and Super Bowl MVP.

“Jerry Rice: A Football Life” (1 p.m. EST) captures Rice's road to the NFL and the impact he made along the way.

“Michael Strahan: A Football Life” (2 p.m. EST) focuses on his successes on and off the field and the obstacles he has had to overcome.

“Top 10 HBCU Players” (3 p.m. EST) reveals the ten most legendary NFL players from historically black colleges and universities, how their contributions have become a rich part of NFL history, and how they have impacted countless communities through their efforts on and off the field.

“The Timeline: 91 Falcons” (4 p.m. EST) features interviews with Deion Sanders, Brett Favre, Jerry Glanville, MC Hammer and more as they discuss the culture-changing season that took place in Atlanta that year.

“The Super Bowl That Wasn't” (5 p.m. EST) tells the story behind the 1993 Super Bowl being moved from Arizona to Los Angeles due to the state's refusal to honor Martin Luther King Jr's birthday as a holiday — a decision that cost the state nearly $350 million in revenue, but more importantly, a reevaluation of its position on the civil rights issue.

Back-to-back episodes of “A Football Life” look at the unmatched talent and humble nature of Walter Payton (6 p.m. EST), and NFL Legend and prominent civil rights advocate Jim Brown (7 p.m. EST).

After “A Forgotten Man” debuts at 8 p.m. EST, “Orangeburg: A Town, A Team, An American Tragedy” (9:30 p.m. EST), documents the 1968 massacre in South Carolina and recounts the devastating story of how three young men lost their lives during a civil rights protest and the political activism by black student-athletes that followed.   

“Breaking Ground: A Story of HBCU Football and the NFL” (11 p.m. EST), narrated by actor Chadwick Boseman, features interviews with Pro Football Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Mel Blount, 1987 NFL Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams and former NFL punter Marquette King.

The complete Black History Month Marathon programming is as follows:

Sunday, Feb. 23

8 a.m. – Super Bowl XXII – Washington Redskins vs. Denver Broncos

12 p.m. – Doug Williams: A Football Life

1 p.m. – Jerry Rice: A Football Life

2 p.m. – Michael Strahan: A Football Life

3 p.m. – Top 10 – HBCU Players

4 p.m. – The Timeline: '91 Falcons

5 p.m. – The Super Bowl That Wasn't

6 p.m. – Walter Payton: A Football Life

7 p.m. – Jim Brown: A Football Life

8 p.m. – NFL 360: Fritz Pollard – A Forgotten Man

9:30 p.m. – Orangeburg: A Town, A Team, An American Tragedy

10 p.m. – The Super Bowl That Wasn't

11 p.m. – Breaking Ground: A Story of HBCU Football & the NFL