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.

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 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.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley were named the 2018 FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of The Year. FedEx and the NFL announced before Super Bowl LIII.

The FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Year awards are a culmination of weekly awards presented by FedEx throughout the NFL season that let fans honor stand-out quarterback and running back performances. Charitable donations are made to the USO in the name of the winning players. This is the 16th season FedEx has presented the awards.

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes led the NFL with 50 touchdown passes and joined Peyton Manning (55 in 2013) and Tom Brady (50 in 2007) as the only quarterbacks with 50 touchdown passes in a season in NFL history. A 2019 Pro Bowl selection, Mahomes ranked second in the NFL with a franchise-record 5,097 passing yards and became the seventh different player in NFL history with 5,000+ pass yards in a single season. Mahomes had seven games with at least four touchdown passes in 2018, the second-most in a season.

New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley led the NFL with 2,028 scrimmage yards and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (2,212 in 1983) and Edgerrin James (2,139 in 1999) as the only rookies with at least 2,000 scrimmage yards in NFL history. A 2019 Pro Bowl selection, Barkley ranked second in the league with 1,307 rushing yards and had 91 receptions in 2018, the most by a rookie running back in NFL history.

Mahomes was selected from a panel of three finalists FedEx Air NFL Players of the Year finalists, including Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints and Philip Rivers of the Los Angeles Chargers. Barkley was selected from FedEx Ground NFL Players of the Year finalists, including Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys and Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams.

As part of the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Year program, FedEx will donate $40,000 to the USO — $20,000 in each winning player's name — through FedEx Cares. The donation will support the USO, a military support organization dedicated to connecting service members and their families to family, home and country throughout their service to the nation.

Throughout the season, FedEx supported its commitment to serving the community by making $2,000 donations to the USO weekly in each of the winning players' names, totaling $108,000 this season.

Through FedEx Cares, FedEx is investing $200 million in more than 200 communities by 2020 to create opportunities and deliver solutions around the world.

Previous FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Year Award Winners
SEASON AIR WINNER GROUND WINNER
2017 Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
2016 Matt Ryan, Atlanta Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas
2015 Carson Palmer, Arizona Adrian Peterson, Minnesota
2014 Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh
2013 Peyton Manning, Denver LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia
2012 Peyton Manning, Denver Adrian Peterson, Minnesota
2011 Drew Brees, New Orleans LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia
2010 Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Jamaal Charles, Kansas City
2009 Drew Brees, New Orleans Chris Johnson, Tennessee
2008 Drew Brees, New Orleans Adrian Peterson, Minnesota
2007 Brett Favre, Green Bay Fred Taylor, Jacksonville
2006 Drew Brees, New Orleans LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego
2005 Carson Palmer, Cincinnati Shaun Alexander, Seattle
2004 Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Curtis Martin, New York Jets
2003 Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Ahman Green, Green Bay
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