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 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 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.

Robert Garrett of Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles is the 2017 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year. The award, named for the winningest coach in NFL history, was created to honor exemplary high school football coaches for their character and integrity, leadership and dedication to the community, commitment to player health and safety and on-field success.

The announcement was made during the 2018 Pro Bowl. Nominees for the Don Shula Award from all 32 clubs were recognized in special ways during the NFL's week-long celebration of football in Orlando.

Nominated by the Los Angeles Chargers, Coach Garrett was one of two high school football coaches selected as finalists from a group of coaches nominated by NFL teams. As the national Don Shula Award Winner, Coach Garrett will receive $25,000 from the NFL Foundation, $15,000 of which will go to his high school's football program. He will be the NFL’s guest during Super Bowl LII and walk the red carpet at NFL Honors, a two-hour awards special to air on Feb. 3, the eve of Super Bowl LII, at 9 PM (ET and PT) on NBC.

"I had the opportunity to meet Coach Garrett last month after the Chargers nominated him for this award," said Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn. "Yes, he's turned Crenshaw High into a powerhouse over the 30 or so years he's been there, but more than the wins and losses, it's the number of lives he's touched and the young men he's mentored that matters most. That's why he's so deserving of this honor."

"And I can say that, without hesitation, because I've witnessed it first hand with Brandon (Mebane) and Hayes (Pullard) on our team. As men of great character and integrity, the respect and love they show for Coach Garrett is telling. I want to congratulate Coach Garrett on this much-deserved honor and thank him for dedicating his life to helping others achieve their dreams."

Coach Garrett led the Crenshaw Cougars to a 12-3 record this season, including a 5-0 record in league play. In the CIF Los Angeles City Section Playoffs, the Cougars made it to the Championship Game, where they fell to the reigning champion Narbonne Gauchos.

Coach Garrett's team continued their playoff push in the State CIF playoffs, defeating San Diego County's El Camino High School to advance to the Division 4-AA Championship against Placer High School, which the Cougars won, 46-43.

Coach Garrett's success on the field is matched by his leadership and role as a mentor to student-athletes. He is the former coach of two current Chargers — linebacker Hayes Pullard and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane.

"He's a coach to many, to some he's a mentor, and to others maybe even a father," said Pullard. "To us, he's all of the above. He's done many great things through the years at Crenshaw High that seem like they've almost gone unnoticed, until now. It's an honor to say, 'That's my Coach!'"

The runner-up was Seattle Seahawks nominee and Royal High School head football coach Wiley Allred of Royal City, Wa. Allred will receive $15,000 from the NFL Foundation, $10,000 of which will go to his program.

Coach Garrett was selected by a distinguished panel, including two-time Super Bowl champion (XLI, 50) and five-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning, Super Bowl XLII champion and Good Morning America contributor Michael Strahan and Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker.

The selection panel also includes:

  • Coach Don Shula, the winningest coach in NFL history
  • Gil Brandt, former Dallas Cowboys personnel director and NFL.com contributor
  • Randy Allen, 2016 Don Shula NFL Coach of the Year Award Winner
  • Tony Dungy, former Indianapolis Colts coach and current NBC analyst
  • Scott Hallenbeck, Executive Director of USA Football
  • Willie McGinest, three-time Super Bowl Champion
  • Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State, Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution and faculty member at the Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Aaron Thomas, Aplington-Parkersburg High School Principal and son of Ed Thomas, the school's late football coach

Learn more about the NFL Foundation and follow @NFLFoundation on Twitter.

2017 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Nominees
NOMINATING TEAM SCHOOL NAME COACH
Arizona Cardinals Saguaro High School Jason Mohns
Atlanta Falcons North Gwinnett High School Bill Stewart
Baltimore Ravens Harford Technical High School Timothy Palmer
Buffalo Bills West Seneca West High School Mike Vastola
Carolina Panthers Clinton High School Andrew Webb
Chicago Bears Rochester High School Derek Leonard
Cincinnati Bengals Covington Catholic High School Eddie Eviston
Cleveland Browns Bay High School Ron Rutt
Dallas Cowboys Frisco Lone Star High School Jeffrey Rayburn
Denver Broncos Pueblo South High School Ryan Goddard
Detroit Lions Warren De La Salle Collegiate High School Mike Giannone
Green Bay Packers Kimberly High School Steve Jones
Houston Texans Oak Ridge High School Brian Fitzgerald
Indianapolis Colts Ben Davis High School Mike Kirschner
Jacksonville Jaguars Bartram Trail High School Darrell Sutherland
Kansas City Chiefs* Staley High School (Missouri) Phil Lite Staley
Kansas City Chiefs* DeSoto High School (Kansas) Brian King
Los Angeles Chargers Crenshaw High School Robert Garrett
Los Angeles Rams Mission Viejo High School Bob Johnson
Miami Dolphins American Heritage School Pat Surtain
Minnesota Vikings South St. Paul Chad Sexauer
New England Patriots Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School Paul Funk
New Orleans Saints West St. John High School Brandon Walters
New York Giants Newton High School Matt Parzero
New York Jets Franklin K. Lane Campus High School Jason Mollison
Oakland Raiders Kennedy High School George Jackson
Philadelphia Eagles Downington High School Michael Matta
Pittsburgh Steelers Quaker Valley High School Jerry Veshio
San Francisco 49ers Gilroy High School Jubenal Rodriquez
Seattle Seahawks Royal High School Wiley Allred
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Citrus High School Nate Varnadore
Tennessee Titans Brentwood Academy Cody White
Washington Redskins Dinwiddie High School Billy Mills

*Indicates team has more than one nominee

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