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.

NFL Legends Cameron Lynch and Marcus Thigpen are the two newest members selected for the NFL Legends Development Program, joining the NFL Football Operations department. In its fifth year, the NFL Legends Development Program provides players with an opportunity to explore careers in football by gaining business experience and exposure in the league office.

Cameron Lynch, who was nominated for the 2020 program by the Los Angeles Rams, will focus on supporting content development and the NFL Legends Community. Launched in 2013, the Legends Community connects players with each other, their teams and the league with over 11,000 former NFL players currently enrolled.

The Legends Community is accessible year-round with unique offerings for former players to engage with including benefits, education, special events and more.

"I am grateful for the opportunity that the NFL Legends Development Program has provided me with,” said Lynch. “My goal is to serve and support the people within the NFL community, and create meaningful relationships along the way!”

Lynch enjoyed a four-year NFL career from 2015-18 at linebacker, spending time with the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Undrafted out of Syracuse in 2015, Lynch signed with the Rams and appeared in all 16 games for the team as a rookie that season. He then spent time with Tampa Bay throughout the next three seasons, appearing in 39 games for the Buccaneers, while briefly rejoining the Rams at the end of the 2017 season.

Marcus Thigpen, who was nominated for the 2020 program by the Buffalo Bills, will focus on Player Engagement. This includes assisting with upcoming initiatives aimed at supporting current players and NFL Legends in their personal and professional development.

“Being able to serve, empower, and educate current players and NFL Legends brings me such tremendous joy,” said Thigpen. “There is an unmatched level of success and fulfillment when you find gratitude in helping others achieve their goals on and off the field.”

Thigpen made a name for himself at Indiana University, where he had a successful four-year career from 2005-08 as a running back and kick returner. After college, Thigpen spent time with the Eagles and Broncos during training camp in 2009 before joining the CFL for the next three years. The Detroit native found himself back in the NFL from 2012-15.

“The NFL Legends Development program was created to provide players an opportunity to stay in the game,” said Tracy Perlman, NFL Senior Vice President of Football Communications and Marketing. “So many Legends want to explore additional opportunities to continue their football career. This program gives them a chance to deepen their understanding of the business side of the industry while broadening their experience.”  

In addition to further developing professional skills and contributing to the success of the game, participants will be paired with an executive-level mentor for the duration of their assignment.

For more information on the NFL Legends Community, click here.