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.

Return To Play

2020 NFL-NFLPA CBA: Need to know

Key takeaways from the 2020 Collective Bargaining Agreement 

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.

For the second year, this year’s Pro Bowl teams were drafted during the week of the game. Hall of Famers Cris Carter and Michael Irvin, the Pro Bowl alumni captains, squared off during the Pro Bowl player draft televised by the NFL Network on Wednesday, Jan. 21. Carter and Irvin were joined in the Pro Bowl “front offices” by an alumni co-captain, two Pro Bowl player captains and a fan captain.

Michael Irvin, right, and Cris Carter, left, NFL Hall of Fame members and Pro Bowl Alumni captains, laugh during the Pro Bowl Kickoff news conference Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Michael Irvin, right, and Cris Carter, left, NFL Hall of Fame members and Pro Bowl Alumni captains, laugh during the Pro Bowl Kickoff news conference Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The Pro Bowl rosters for Team Carter and Team Irvin:

Team Carter

Alumni captain: Cris Carter

Alumni co-captain: John Randle

Player captains: DeMarco Murray and Joe Haden

Quarterbacks: Tony Romo, Matthew Stafford and Matt Ryan

Wide receivers: Odell Beckham Jr., Randall Cobb,* Emmanuel Sanders* and Golden Tate*

Running backs: Mark Ingram and C.J. Anderson

Tackles: Tyron Smith, Joe Thomas and Trent Williams

Cornerbacks: Vontae Davis, Brent Grimes and Chris Harris Jr.*

Linebackers: Luke Kuechly

Defensive ends/outside linebackers: Cameron Wake, Von Miller, Robert Quinn, DeMarcus Ware,* Clay Matthews, Elvis Dumervil and D’Qwell Jackson*

Tight ends: Jimmy Graham and Jason Witten

Safeties: T.J. Ward, Eric Weddle and Mike Adams*

Long snapper: Jon Dorenbos*

Coaching staff: Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys

Team Irvin

Alumni captain: Michael Irvin

Alumni co-captain: Darren Woodson

Player captains: J.J. Watt and Antonio Brown

Quarterbacks: Andrew Luck, Drew Brees and Andy Dalton*

Wide receivers: A.J. Green, T.Y. Hilton and Jordy Nelson

Running backs: Jamaal Charles, Justin Forsett and Alfred Morris*

Tackles: Joe Staley, Duane Brown and Ryan Clady*

Cornerbacks: Patrick Peterson, Antonio Cromartie, Aqib Talib and Sam Shields

Linebackers: C.J. Mosley

Defensive ends/outside linebackers: Mario Williams, Justin Houston, Calais Campbell, Connor Barwin, Tamba Hali* and Lawrence Timmons

Tight ends: Martellus Bennett* and Greg Olsen*

Safeties: Donte Whitner, Glover Quin and Antoine Bethea

Long snapper: L.P. Ladouceur*

Coaching staff: John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens

* indicates player was assigned to team under Pro Bowl rules.

The 2015 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m. EST at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

The NFL is the only major sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its all-star teams. In 1995, the NFL became the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting.