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.

Fines & Appeals

The NFL's schedule of infractions and fines, and a process for appeal.

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 the NFL and its partners provide to help 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.

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.

2017 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

NFL Video Rulebook

The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.

2017 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.   

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.

CANTON, OHIO – The Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers will kick off the National Football League’s 2016 preseason in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio on Sunday, Aug. 7 at 8 PM ET in Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

The Colts and Packers will close out a 2016 Enshrinement Weekend where three of their legends will enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Packers quarterback Brett Favre and Colts head coach Tony Dungy and Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison are among the eight-man Hall of Fame class of 2016. Other members of this year’s class include owner Edward DeBartolo, Jr., linebacker Kevin Greene, tackle Orlando Pace, quarterback Ken Stabler and guard Dick Stanfel.

Favre spent 16 of his 20 NFL seasons with the Packers and led the club’s resurgence, which included a victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI. He retired as the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards, attempts, completions and touchdowns.

Dungy coached the Colts for seven seasons, posting 12 or more wins in every year except his first when Indianapolis finished 10­6. He became the first African American head coach to win a Super Bowl when he led the Colts to a victory over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.

Harrison played his entire 13­season career in Indianapolis and racked up 1,102 catches for 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns. He was named first­ or second­team All­Pro eight times and was voted to eight Pro Bowls.

The Colts and Packers will each make their fifth appearance in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game.

Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend

The Class of 2016 — DeBartolo, Jr., Dungy, Favre, Greene, Harrison, Pace, Stabler and Stanfel — will be formally enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. The ceremony takes place at the new Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton and will be televised nationally by NFL Network and ESPN.

In addition to the ceremony and NFL/Hall of Fame Game, the weekend includes other major events.

  • The Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner, where the Class of 2016 will be presented with their Hall of Fame Gold Jackets, will be nationally televised on NFL Network on Thursday, August 4
  • The Concert for Legends, featuring Tim McGraw performing live in Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, will take place on Friday, August 5
  • The Enshrinees’ GameDay Roundtable will feature members of the Class of 2016 sharing their memories of the game and their feelings about being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Sunday, August 7

More than 100 Gold Jackets (living Hall of Famers) return to the Hall of Fame each year to be a part of the Enshrinement Ceremony celebration. Nowhere else are fans able to see and interact with as many Hall of Famers in one place at one time as in Canton during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week.

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