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 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 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.   

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.

NFL Legends Jim Kelly, Emmitt Smith, Brian Urlacher and Demarcus Ware will serve as 2019 Pro Bowl Legends Captains.

Kelly (offense) and Ware (defense) will lead the AFC, while Smith (offense) and Urlacher (defense) will lead the NFC. The four Legends Captains will serve as mentors for the Pro Bowl players. The captains will be on the sidelines on gameday and will attend events throughout Pro Bowl Week in Orlando.

Jim Kelly: A member of the 2002 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, Kelly was a five-time Pro Bowl selection during his 11-year career with the Buffalo Bills. He appeared in four consecutive Super Bowl games (XXV-XXVIII). Jim Kelly played college football at the University of Miami and was inducted into the university's hall of fame in 1992. Kelly established the Kelly for Kids Foundation in 1986 to help improve the quality of life of disabled and disadvantaged children in Western New York. Since retiring, Kelly has established Hunter's Hope, a foundation named in honor of his son Hunter, on behalf of Krabbe patients.

Emmitt Smith: A member of the 2010 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, Smith was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection in 15 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals. He is a three-time Super Bowl Champion and Super Bowl XXVIII MVP. Smith was voted AP NFL Most Valuable Player in 1993 and was a member of the NFL 1990s’ All-Decade Team. The highly decorated running back is the NFL's all-time leader in rushing yards (18,355) and rushing touchdowns (164). He was a unanimous All-American at the University of Florida; and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

Brian Urlacher: An eight-time Pro Bowl selection and member of the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, Urlacher spent his entire 13-year career with the Chicago Bears. He was NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2000, NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2005 and was a member of the 2000s All-Decade Team.

Demarcus Ware: A nine-time Pro Bowl selection and four-time First Team All-Pro, Ware played for the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos during his 12-year NFL career. The two-time NFL sack leader was a member of the Super Bowl 50 Broncos team and the NFL 2000s’ All-Decade Team. He is a two-time winner of the Butkus Award—given to the best linebackers in America who also uphold the responsibility of serving others.

Tickets are on sale now at NFL.com/ProBowlOnSale. Pro Bowl rosters will be revealed on Tuesday, Dec. 18. Visit ProBowl.com for more information.

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