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.

NFL Legends Community

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

College All Star Games

Strengthening football and the community.

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 announced the 32 nominees for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award Presented by Nationwide. Representing the best of the NFL's commitment to philanthropy and community impact, each was selected as his team's Man of the Year and is now eligible to win the national award.

Renamed in 1999 after the late Hall of Fame Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton and considered one of the league's most prestigious honors, the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide recognizes an NFL player for outstanding community service activities off the field and excellence on the field.

Three nominees will be selected as finalists for the national award and will be announced in January 2018.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning and Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald received the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award at the 6th annual NFL Honors in Houston ahead of Super Bowl LI. (Ben Liebenberg via AP)

Giants quarterback Eli Manning and Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald received the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award at the 6th annual NFL Honors in Houston ahead of Super Bowl LI. (Ben Liebenberg via AP)

The winner will be announced during NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards special to air nationally on Feb. 3, the eve of Super Bowl LII, at 9 PM (ET and PT) on NBC. NFL Honors will be taped earlier that evening at the Cyrus Northrop Memorial Auditorium at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

"NFL players are outstanding, generous men of character who give back to their communities," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "Walter Payton represented the very best on and off the field and this year's Man of the Year nominees exemplify his legacy of philanthropy and leadership. We are proud to support players as they use their platforms to drive positive change."

$500,000 dollars will be donated in the name of the 2017 winner — $250,000 to the charity of his choice and another $250,000 in his name to expand Character Playbook across the country. The two other finalists will each receive a $100,000 donation to their charity of choice and another $100,000 in their names to expand Character Playbook.

The other 29 nominees will receive a $50,000 donation to their charity of choice and an additional $50,000 in their names to expand Character Playbook. All donations are courtesy of the NFL Foundation, Nationwide and United Way Worldwide.

Starting with the Dec. 7 Saints-Falcons Thursday Night Football game, the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year trophy silhouette will appear in uniform elements to further recognize past award winners and current nominees.

The five current players who have won the award — Drew Brees, Thomas Davis, Larry Fitzgerald, Eli Manning and Jason Witten — will wear a Man of the Year patch on their jerseys in perpetuity to recognize their outstanding contributions to the game and to their communities. All 2017 nominees will wear a Man of the Year helmet decal through the end of the season, in recognition of their accomplishments on and off the field. This tradition will continue for future nominees and winners of the award.

Earlier this season, the NFL announced the Super Bowl Ticket Giveaway, which will surprise fans across the country with an invitation to attend Super Bowl LII in Minnesota. A total of 500 free tickets will be distributed under the program to give back to dedicated NFL fans with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Each Man of the Year nominee will receive two Super Bowl LII tickets to give away to fans and community heroes.

For more information on the nominees and the award, visit NFL.com/manoftheyear.

2017 WALTER PAYTON NFL MAN OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
TEAM NOMINEE
Arizona Cardinals Patrick Peterson
Atlanta Falcons Ben Garland
Baltimore Ravens Benjamin Watson
Buffalo Bills Lorenzo Alexander
Carolina Panthers Greg Olsen
Chicago Bears Sam Acho
Cincinnati Bengals Michael Johnson
Cleveland Browns Randall Telfer
Dallas Cowboys Travis Frederick
Denver Broncos Chris Harris Jr.
Detroit Lions Haloti Ngata
Green Bay Packers Clay Matthews
Houston Texans J.J. Watt
Indianapolis Colts Darius Butler
Jacksonville Jaguars Malik Jackson
Kansas City Chiefs Alex Smith
Los Angeles Chargers Casey Hayward
Los Angeles Rams Rodger Saffold
Miami Dolphins Kenny Stills
Minnesota Vikings Kyle Rudolph
New England Patriots Nate Solder
New Orleans Saints Cameron Jordan
New York Giants Mark Herzlich
New York Jets Quincy Enunwa
Oakland Raiders Bruce Irvin
Philadelphia Eagles Malcolm Jenkins
Pittsburgh Steelers Cameron Heyward
San Francisco 49ers Bradley Pinion
Seattle Seahawks Michael Bennett
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Clinton McDonald
Tennessee Titans Wesley Woodyard
Washington Redskins Nick Sundberg
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