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.

For the second consecutive year, the NFL will host 18 of the most recent NFL Legends at the league office July 12-13 to strengthen their connections with each other, their teams and the NFL. 

The introduction to the Legends Community is part of the NFL’s continuous efforts to assist players and their significant others in a successful transition to post-playing careers. 

“Transitioning from playing the game to life afterwards presents a unique set of challenges and opportunities,” said Troy Vincent, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations. “We want these men and their families to know that they are part of a lifelong brotherhood that cares, connects, supports, and assists in transferring the skills that were so valuable on the field to a successful life after the game.” 

The Legends Community, launched in July 2013, provides unique opportunities and resources for Legends to engage year-round and celebrates, embraces and unites former players and their families with the league and their former teams. To date, more than 7,300 players have registered for the Legends Community.

During the event, Legends will hear from team executives, as well as former players serving as Legends Community Directors and Coordinators to provide peer-to-peer support. They will also participate in networking opportunities and learn about the initiatives and programs specifically designed for them. 

Topics include how to stay engaged with teams, the league and each other, educational and career development opportunities, discussions regarding transition assistance and benefits, and information on building their brand. ​

Here are the players attending this year’s event:



Josh Aubrey

Browns, Texans, Titans

Jon Beason

Giants, Panthers

Richie Brockel


Charles Brown

Cowboys, Giants, Saints

Emmett Cleary

Cowboys, Lions

King Dunlap

Chargers, Eagles

A.J. Edds

Colts, Jaguars, Jets, Patriots

Justin Forsett

Broncos, Colts, Jaguars, Lions, Ravens, Seahawks, Texans

Mike Griffin

Panthers, Titans

Santonio Holmes

Bears, Jets, Steelers

Bradie James

Cowboys, Texans

Luke McCown

Browns, Buccaneers, Falcons, Jaguars, Saints

Jordan Norwood

Broncos, Browns, Eagles

Lonie Paxton

Broncos, Patriots

Dennis Pitta


Antwaan Randle El

Redskins, Steelers

Takeo Spikes

49ers, Bengals, Bills, Chargers, Eagles

Aaron Williams