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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

2019 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game. 6.2.5

2019 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.   

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.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson received 704,699 total fan votes to lead all NFL players in balloting for the 2020 Pro Bowl. Fan voting ended on Thursday, Dec. 12.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (539,768 votes) ranked second overall, while Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (468,838 votes), Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (431,748 votes) and Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (406,477 votes) rounded out the top five.

Four of the top five vote-getters — Jackson, Mahomes, Cook and McCaffrey — are under the age of 25. Additionally, nine first- or second-year players led their conference in votes received at their respective positions.

The Ravens led all clubs in total votes received. The San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers and Seahawks rounded out the top-five teams to receive the most fan votes.

Pro Bowl rosters will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 17 live on NFL Network’s Pro Bowl special “NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Players Revealed” at 8 p.m. EST.

NFL PRO BOWL TOP-FIVE VOTE-GETTERS

POS.

NAME

TEAM

VOTES

QB

Lamar Jackson

Baltimore Ravens

704,699

QB

Russell Wilson

Seattle Seahawks

539,768

QB

Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City Chiefs

468,838

RB

Dalvin Cook

Minnesota Vikings

431,748

RB

Christian McCaffrey

Carolina Panthers

406,477


NFL PRO BOWL TOP VOTE-GETTERS BY TEAM

TEAM

Baltimore Ravens

San Francisco 49ers

Green Bay Packers

New Orleans Saints

Seattle Seahawks

 

AFC & NFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS BY POSITION

POS.

CONF.

NAME, TEAM

VOTES

QB

AFC

Lamar Jackson, Baltimore

704,699

QB

NFC

Russell Wilson, Seattle

539,768

RB

AFC

Nick Chubb, Cleveland

316,008

RB

NFC

Dalvin Cook, Minnesota

431,748

FB

AFC

Patrick Ricard, Baltimore

152,877

FB

NFC

Kyle Juszczyk, San Francisco

384,200

WR

AFC

DeAndre Hopkins, Houston

275,684

WR

NFC

Michael Thomas, New Orleans

371,365

TE

AFC

Mark Andrews, Baltimore

331,796

TE

NFC

George Kittle, San Francisco

340,624

T

AFC

Orlando Brown, Baltimore

188,787

T

NFC

David Bakhtiari, Green Bay

194,207

G

AFC

Marshal Yanda, Baltimore

192,580

G

NFC

Zack Martin, Dallas

121,529

C

AFC

Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh

152,128

C

NFC

Travis Frederick, Dallas

140,449

K

AFC

Justin Tucker, Baltimore

187,814

K

NFC

Wil Lutz, New Orleans

106,747

RS

AFC

Mecole Hardman, Kansas City

91,358

RS

NFC

Deonte Harris, New Orleans

84,085

AFC

Joey Bosa, L.A. Chargers

252,555

DE

NFC

Nick Bosa, San Francisco

358,911

DT

AFC

Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh

221,693

DT

NFC

Arik Armstead, San Francisco

273,403

OLB

AFC

T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh

251,248

OLB

NFC

Preston Smith, Green Bay

166,347

ILB

AFC

Devin Bush, Pittsburgh

150,548

ILB

NFC

Bobby Wagner, Seattle

207,026

CB

AFC

Marcus Peters, Baltimore

231,601

CB

NFC

Richard Sherman, San Francisco

259,476

SS

AFC

Jamal Adams, N.Y. Jets

186,068

SS

NFC

Vonn Bell, New Orleans

98,449

FS

AFC

Minkah Fitzpatrick, Pittsburgh

209,245

FS

NFC

Marcus Williams, New Orleans

93,593

P

AFC

Brett Kern, Tennessee

93,586

P

NFC

Michael Dickson, Seattle

101,965

ST

AFC

Tyler Matakevich, Pittsburgh

87,863

ST

NFC

Raheem Mostert, San Francisco

113,638

Players for the game are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be selected to the Pro Bowl. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its All-Star teams. It was also the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995.

The 2020 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon, which kicks off at 3 p.m. EST, will be televised live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and simulcast on ABC and Disney XD. Pro Bowl tickets start at just $45 and are on sale at NFL.com/ProBowlOnSale.

For the fourth consecutive year, Pro Bowl Week festivities will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort and across the Orlando area, bringing free experiences and activities to fans as well as an extraordinary number of events focused on commemorating all levels of football — from youth football to high school to the NFL's best. Some of the Pro Bowl Week events include: Pro Bowl Practices, Pro Bowl Skills Showdown, NFL FLAG Championships and Pro Bowl Experience.

Additionally, NFL Pro Bowl players will give back to the local Orlando community by participating in the Pro Bowl Community Huddle as part of the NFL Huddle for 100. To learn more about Huddle for 100 and how to get involved, visit www.nfl.com/100/huddlefor100

More information about these and all of the events taking place during Pro Bowl Week is available at ProBowl.com.

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