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.


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 inaugural 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.

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.   

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.

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.

Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott, with 681,361 votes, leads all players in balloting for the 2017 Pro Bowl, announced today.

Elliott’s rookie teammate, quarterback Dak Prescott (607,621 votes) ranks second overall, while New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (519,210 votes), Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (508,913 votes) and Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (500,770 votes) round out the top five.

Fan voting for the 2017 Pro Bowl will continue online and on web-enabled mobile phones until Tuesday, Dec. 13. (See official rules on how to vote).

Fans may also vote for who they want to see on the 2017 Pro Bowl roster via social media by using #ProBowlVote and the player’s first and last name on Twitter and Instagram. On Facebook, fans may comment on any official Pro Bowl Vote post by the NFL or a club.

The Pro Bowl players are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 all-star players who will be selected to the game. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on Friday, Dec. 16.

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

The Pro Bowl players will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 20 in a live primetime special on NFL Network.

The game will be played on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 and simulcast live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. Fans may purchase game tickets here.

The 2017 Pro Bowl will feature a return to the traditional AFC vs. NFC format following three years using a revised, “unconferenced” structure.






Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas



Dak Prescott, Dallas



Tom Brady, New England



Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh



Derek Carr, Oakland



Matt Ryan, Atlanta



Julio Jones, Atlanta



Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants



David Johnson, Arizona



Drew Brees, New Orleans


QB AFC Tom Brady, New England 519,210
QB NFC Dak Prescott, Dallas 607,621
RB AFC DeMarco Murray, Tennessee 365,207
RB NFC Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas 681,361
FB AFC Jamize Olawale, Oakland 169,509
FB NFC John Kuhn, New Orleans 198,442
WR AFC Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh 508,913
WR NFC Julio Jones, Atlanta 438,112
TE AFC Martellus Bennett, New England 185,749
TE NFC Greg Olsen, Carolina 325,659
T AFC Donald Penn, Oakland 118,863
T NFC Tyron Smith, Dallas 252,590
G AFC Kelechi Osemele, Oakland 118,666
G NFC Josh Sitton, Chicago 233,416
C AFC Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh 128,053
C NFC Travis Frederick, Dallas 249,976
K AFC Justin Tucker, Baltimore 128,682
K NFC Dan Bailey, Dallas 130,954
RS AFC Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh 90,568
RS NFC Tyler Lockett, Seattle 83,720
DE AFC Khalil Mack, Oakland 279,466
DE NFC Cliff Avril, Seattle 244,999
DT AFC Ndamukong Suh, Miami 184,749
DT NFC Aaron Donald, Los Angeles 178,222
OLB AFC Von Miller, Denver 238,755
OLB NFC Sean Lee, Dallas 166,579
ILB AFC Zach Brown, Buffalo 106,464
ILB NFC Luke Kuechly, Carolina 230,068
CB AFC Marcus Peters, Kansas City 208,577
CB NFC Richard Sherman, Seattle 245,637
SS AFC Eric Berry, Kansas City 104,844
SS NFC Kam Chancellor, Seattle 145,163
FS AFC Reggie Nelson, Oakland 82,819
FS NFC Earl Thomas, Seattle 144,891
P AFC Marquette King, Oakland 138,640
P NFC Chris Jones, Dallas 70,331
ST AFC Lorenzo Alexander, Buffalo 68,677
ST NFC Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota 102,116

*Totals reflect players currently on active rosters only