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.

Social Justice

NFL COVID-19 Protocols

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.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, with 273,367 votes, leads all players in balloting for the 2018 Pro Bowl. The rosters will be announced live on NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Players Revealed” on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 8:00 PM ET.

New England quarterback Tom Brady (239,989 votes) ranks second overall, while Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell (227,771 votes), Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (215,687 votes) and Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown (215,584 votes) round out the top five.

Fan voting for the 2018 Pro Bowl will continue online and on web-enabled mobile phones until Thursday, Dec. 14. Fans may also vote via Twitter’s Direct Message (DM) Voting Experience, which has never been done for an All-Star game before. Fans may participate via entry cards tweeted from all 32 team accounts or by directly visiting the @NFL profile page. The entry cards will initiate a private “Direct Message” and let fans select a position group or search for a player or team to begin the voting process.

During the final week of 2018 Pro Bowl voting — Dec. 7-14 — fans will be able to vote directly on Twitter by tweeting the first and last name of the player, or the player’s official Twitter handle, with the hashtag: #ProBowlVote. This is in addition to the online ballot and the DM Voting Experience.

The 2018 Pro Bowl, which kicks off at a new start time of 3:00 PM ET, will be televised live from Camping World Stadium on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and simulcast on ABC. The players are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 Pro Bowl players. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on Friday, Dec. 15.

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

Tickets to the game are on sale at Last year’s Pro Bowl — held for the first time in Orlando — featured a sellout crowd of more than 60,000. Fans can find additional information on Pro Bowl Week, which features a variety of free, family-friendly events in Orlando, at

The Pro Bowl is an all-inclusive event for fans on gameday. Working with KultureCity, Camping World Stadium’s sensory-inclusive partner, the NFL will offer families who attend the 2018 Pro Bowl support, including sensory accessibility resources and two dedicated sensory rooms located in the stadium to enjoy the game with more confidence and comfort.



QB Carson Wentz Philadelphia 273,367
QB Tom Brady New England 239,989
RB Le’Veon Bell Pittsburgh 227,771
RB Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams 215,687
WR Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 215,584
QB Drew Brees New Orleans 207,751
RB Kareem Hunt Kansas City 204,611
QB Jared Goff Los Angeles Rams 200,346
QB Russell Wilson Seattle 183,630
QB Alex Smith Kansas City 178,392


QB AFC Tom Brady, New England 239,989
QB NFC Carson Wentz, Philadelphia 273,367
RB AFC Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh 227,771
RB NFC Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams 215,687
FB AFC Tommy Bohanon, Jacksonville 44,564
FB NFC Kyle Juszczyk, San Francisco 116,816
WR AFC Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh 215,584
WR NFC Julio Jones, Atlanta 124,556
TE AFC Rob Gronkowski, New England 168,663
TE NFC Zach Ertz, Philadelphia 156,183
T AFC Alejandro Villanueva, Pittsburgh 48,530
T NFC Tyron Smith, Dallas 66,240
G AFC David DeCastro, Pittsburgh 62,342
G NFC Zack Martin, Dallas 70,732
C AFC Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh 54,861
C NFC Travis Frederick, Dallas 77,645
K AFC Stephen Gostkowski, New England 36,258
K NFC Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles Rams 57,593
RS AFC Tyreek Hill, Kansas City 55,329
RS NFC Pharoh Cooper, Los Angeles Rams 37,493
DE AFC Joey Bosa, Los Angeles Chargers 117,480
DE NFC Everson Griffen, Minnesota 91,621
DT AFC Geno Atkins, Cincinnati 88,126
DT NFC Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams 102,194
OLB AFC Von Miller, Denver 80,781
OLB NFC Chandler Jones, Arizona 50,206
ILB AFC Ryan Shazier, Pittsburgh 61,088
ILB NFC Luke Kuechly, Carolina 101,135
CB AFC A.J. Bouye, Jacksonville 92,686
CB NFC Darius Slay, Detroit 72,588
SS AFC Micah Hyde, Buffalo 40,321
SS NFC Kam Chancellor, Seattle 58,899
FS AFC Kevin Byard, Tennessee 49,354
FS NFC Harrison Smith, Minnesota 45,479
P AFC Marquette King, Oakland 52,847
P NFC Johnny Hekker, Los Angeles Rams 30,383
ST AFC Tyler Matakevich, Pittsburgh 17,499
ST NFC Budda Baker, Arizona 29,129