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 COVID-19 Protocols

Social Justice

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. 

Impact of Television

How television has changed the game.


In the NFL, balancing technology with tradition.

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

NFL Tiebreaking Procedures

The NFL's procedures for breaking ties for postseason playoffs.

NFL Rules Digest

A quick reference guide to the NFL rulebook.

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.

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.

The NFL will announce the winner of the Walter Payton Man of the Year award for community leadership during the fourth annual NFL Honors awards show, which airs on NBC Saturday, January 31 at 9p.m. ET/PT. This years finalists include Anquan Boldin of the San Francisco 49ers, Thomas Davis of the Carolina Panthers and Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers. The NFL Foundation and Nationwide will make a $50,000 donation on behalf of the winner to a charity of his choice, while the other two finalists will receive $10,000 donations to charities of their choice. Finalists for the award were chosen from among nominees from all 32 NFL teams. Each nominee will receive a $5,000 donation to a charity of his choice. 

Learn more about the Walter Payton Man of the Year ward and the nominees 


San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL game at Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Zito)

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL game at Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Zito)

Anquan Boldin led the 49ers in 2014 with team-highs in receptions (83), receiving yards (1,062) and receiving touchdowns (5). He is the fourth player in 49er history with multiple seasons with 1,000 or more receiving yards, and the first to do so in each of his first two seasons with the team. Boldin and Hall-of-Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice are the only players in NFL history with at least 600 receiving yards in each of his first 12 seasons.

Boldin formed The Anquan Boldin Foundation in 2004 to expand the educational and life opportunities of underprivileged youth. The Foundation hosts a summer enrichment program, conducts Thanksgiving food drives that provides 300 meals annually and sponsors holiday shopping sprees. The Foundation has awarded eleven four-year scholarships through its "Q81" Foundation Scholarship Fund. In 2014, it awarded $10,000 academic scholarships to four incoming college freshmen.

Boldin also has an international philanthropic reach and has been involved with Oxfam America since 2010, travelling to Ethiopia and Senegal. Boldin testified as an Oxfam Ambassador before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights on political concerns in Senegal involving creating more transparency in the gold mining industry.


Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis (58) in action against the Detroit Lions at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC September 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Damian Strohmeyer)

Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis (58) in action against the Detroit Lions at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC September 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Damian Strohmeyer)

Linebacker Thomas Davis started in 15 games in 2014 and recorded 100-tackles for the third consecutive season. The fourth-year team captain totaled 129 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery and 6 passes defended. Davis ranks 2nd all-time on the Panthers in tackles with 831.

In 2007, he and his wife Kelly founded the Thomas Davis Defending Dreams Foundation (TDDDF), a non-profit dedicated to providing and promoting free programs that enhance the quality of life for more than 2,000 underprivileged children and their families annually. The foundation's cornerstone program, the Youth Leadership Academy, is a 14-week afterschool mentoring program for low-income middle school students. Davis provides two college scholarships each year for students who have completed the program. Davis and TDDDF also host a back-to-school supply giveaway, a Thanksgiving meal at a local women's shelter and a Christmas gift giveaway for underprivileged children.

Davis is active in the Panthers' PLAY 60 efforts and frequently visits the local children’s hospital. In June 2013, he led the construction of the first and only playground in his rural hometown of Shellman, Georgia. His annual free football camp teaches more than 350 children about football basics and life skills. In 2014, Davis received the Call to Courage Award, given annually to a Christian athlete who displays exemplary character through both adversity and triumph. 


The NFL's all-time leader in career passer rating (106.0), Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to their franchise-record fourth consecutive NFC North title this year. He led the NFL this season in TD/INT ratio (7.60, 38/5), had the second best passer rating (112.2) and yards per attempt (8.43), was third in TD passes (38). Rodgers is the only quarterback in the league to finish in the top three in all four of those categories.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers throws a pass during the NFC Championship game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, January 18, 2015 in Seattle, WA. (AP Photo/Todd Rosenberg).

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers throws a pass during the NFC Championship game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, January 18, 2015 in Seattle, WA. (AP Photo/Todd Rosenberg).

Rodgers commits his time and passion to numerous charitable organizations. His work with the Mid-West Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC) Fund helped raise awareness and support for children with cancer and blood disorders and his personal efforts, campaigns and events have raised more than $1.5 million. He co-created to help create awareness for people and organizations who are changing the world through their good deeds, and those whose lives have been deeply impacted by the work of non-profit organizations in Wisconsin.

“I have always felt that it is a responsibility to use your platform to make a difference in people's lives, and as professional athletes we have the opportunity to have a very wide reach in making an impact with the platform we have been given,” Rodgers said. “I have been fortunate enough to work with some amazing organizations that are doing some incredible work. I realize that my involvement can give those organizations a little help, but the work that they do stands alone, and I am just happy to stand next to them.”