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.

Thirteen current and former NFL players will take part in the fourth annual NFL Sports Journalism and Radio Boot Camp April 14-17 at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Ohio. This is one of several programs developed by NFL Player Engagement to prepare current and former players for post-NFL careers.

The four-day boot camp focuses on improving players’ written and oral commentary skills for print, radio and the expanding digital media industry. Players receive training and tips in a variety of panel discussions and interactive workshops led by top sports journalists and radio hosts, talent development experts and BGSU faculty. Industry experts also provide players with one-on-one career mentoring and assistance.

“Sports journalism offers an excellent career opportunity for players to stay connected with the sport they love after their NFL experiences,” said NFL Vice President of Player Engagement Charles Way. “This boot camp provides players with skill development and networking opportunities to succeed in the media industry.”

Learn how the NFL creates a game plan for life after football.

Participants work in interactive breakout sessions and writing labs, including mock press conferences with veteran NFL Game Official Bob Waggoner and BGSU Head Football Coach Mike Jinks. Players write daily individual features and op-ed columns on topics addressed, ranging from NFL officiating to social issues.

Panelists and facilitators include former NFL player-turned-journalist Brian Baldinger of NFL Network, NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino, CBS anchor James Brown, Westwood One Executive Vice President and Producer Howard Deneroff, former ESPN talent executive Gerry Matalon, Director of National Sports Journalism Center and former New York Times writer Malcolm Moran, and ESPN Digital Media Producer Jason Romano.

NFL Player Engagement partnered with the BGSU Schools of Media and Communications and Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies, as well as the Richard A. Maxwell Sport Media Project, to develop the program.

Here are the players participating:

Vince Agnew Former (DAL, KC, MIA)
Lorenzo Alexander BUF
T.J. Carrie OAK
Je’rod Cherry Former (NE, NO, OAK, PHI)
Willie Colon NYJ
Percell Gaskins Former (CAR, STL)
Greg Jones Former (HOU, JAX, NO)
John Michels Former (GB, PHI)
Will Montgomery Free agent (CAR, NYJ, WAS, DEN, CHI)
Brandon Noble Former (DAL, WAS)
Rich Ohrnberger Free agent (ARZ, NE, SD)
Mike Pritchard Former (ATL, DEN, SEA)
Michael Turner Former (ATL, SD)