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.

NFL Legends Donnie Edwards, Torry Holt, Tony Richardson and Mike Rucker will serve as the 2019 Senior Bowl Legends captains.

"These four Legends captains represent the total embodiment of the game, both on and off the field," said Troy Vincent, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations. "They will inspire these student-athletes with hands-on expertise, the values of the game and the competitive spirit that characterized their combined 49 years of NFL playing experience."

Richardson and Rucker will serve as the Legends captains for the North team, while Edwards and Holt will represent the South.

"The Reese's Senior Bowl is honored to have the NFL Legends program associated with our game for a second year," said Jim Nagy, Executive Director of the Senior Bowl." Torry Holt, Tony Richardson, Donnie Edwards and Mike Rucker are all consummate professionals and our game's players will greatly benefit from their mentorship during the week."

Donnie Edwards: A two-time All-Pro selection at linebacker, Edwards enjoyed a 13-year NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers. Since 2000, Edwards is one of two players with at least 125 tackles in seven consecutive seasons (2000-06). He is also one of 15 players since 1982 with 20 sacks (23.5) and 20 interceptions (28) in their career. After retiring, Edwards devoted himself to philanthropy and supporting the U.S. military, including being a part of the NFL Legends USO Tour in Japan this past year.

Torry Holt: A seven-time Pro-Bowl selection, Holt was a vital part of the St. Louis Rams “Greatest Show on Turf” team that won Super Bowl XXXIV. A member of the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 2000s, Holt played 10 of his 11 seasons with the Rams. He is the only player in NFL history to record 1,300 receiving yards in six consecutive seasons and he ranks second in Rams' franchise history in receptions (869), receiving yards (12,660) and touchdown catches (74).

Tony Richardson: A three-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro selection at fullback, Richardson played in the NFL for 16 years with the Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets. Known for blocking for running backs such as Priest Holmes, Larry Johnson and Adrian Peterson, Richardson also led the Chiefs in rushing in 2000. He was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame in 2016 and earned a spot on the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 2000s.

Mike Rucker: A second-round selection in 1999, Rucker enjoyed an eight-year career with the Carolina Panthers. In 2003, Rucker recorded a career-high 12 sacks, earning Pro Bowl honors and helping the Panthers get to their first Super Bowl appearance. A vital member of the 1995 and 1997 Nebraska national championship teams, Rucker ranks in the top ten on the school's all-time list of tackles for loss. Rucker is a commentator for preseason Panthers games on the Panthers Television Network.

The 2019 Reese's Senior Bowl will take place Saturday, Jan. 26, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, AL. For complete information on the game, visit: