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 COVID-19 Protocols

Social Justice

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. 

Impact of Television

How television has changed the game.


In the NFL, balancing technology with tradition.

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

NFL Tiebreaking Procedures

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

NFL Rules Digest

A quick reference guide to the NFL rulebook.

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.

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.

By John Ingoldsby

Foxborough, Mass. – New England Patriots’ players spent Sunday mixing it up with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but just a day later they were out en masse mixing with the community.

On Monday evening, Rob Gronkowski and Jerod Mayo, along with their family and teammates respectively, both hosted packed events in suburban Boston that brought their supporters up close and personal with the reigning Super Bowl Champions.

The Gronkowski event at Gillette Stadium was a Football 101 Women’s Clinic, where 150 women were on the field learning football first-hand from the All-Pro, along with other members of the Gronkowski clan and a cadre of coaches.

The women were divided into groups where they rotated around the field participating in gridiron drills, while Gronkowski sprinted from cluster to cluster to offer his unique expertise through an interactive approach.

“We are all out here in a fun atmosphere to introduce them to football fundamentals and help them learn various position skills,” said the record-breaking tight end.

The ladies learned quickly as the high-energy evening ended with actual games, where Rob and his brother Gordie Jr. played opposing quarterbacks in each and completed touchdown passes all over the familiar turf.

“They were all quite impressive with what they learned and the skills they showed,” observed Gronkowski, before finishing off the evening with a Dance-Off and a Tug-of-War match, where there were smiles all around.

Jerod Mayo on the red carpet at his sixth annual Mayo Bowl event, which benefits the Boston Medical Center. (John Ingoldsby)

Jerod Mayo on the red carpet at his sixth annual Mayo Bowl event, which benefits the Boston Medical Center. (John Ingoldsby)

Meanwhile, just down the road in Dedham, MA, Patriots Co-Captain Jerod Mayo staged his sixth annual Mayo Bowl to benefit the Boston Medical Center.

“It is just a joy to be hosting this event again, and even more importantly to see the smiles on the faces of the children who are benefitting from this night,” beamed the star linebacker in describing his $1.5 million pledge to the hospital over a three-year period.

And with competitive bowling the order of the evening, Mayo’s teammates and former Patriots players turned out in force to elevate the evening and lend a Hollywood feel for the Red Carpet entrance.

Those current teammates included, among others, Tom Brady, Malcolm Butler, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Rob Ninkovich, Chandler Jones, Devin McCourty, Nate Solder, Chandler Jones, Steven Gostkowski, Matthew Slater, and a slew of others, including former Patriots Tedy Bruschi, Andre Tippett, Steve Grogan, Jermaine Wiggins and Max Lane.

With that kind of talent, Mayo mused beforehand that “the bowling gets heated in there since there are some serious bowlers participating.”

But most importantly, Mayo stated, “This means a lot to me, and it’s for such a good cause of ensuring that there is always accessible medical care in the Boston area for those who need it.”

Learn more about how the NFL and its players serve the communities where the game is played.