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.

The NFL will honor outstanding members of the community throughout the 2018 NFL Draft. Special guests will announce various picks and participate in Draft festivities over the three-day celebration in Dallas.

Salute to Service

The NFL will honor active duty service members, veterans and their families at events throughout Draft Week.

On Thursday, a joint color guard from Joint Base Naval Air Station in Fort Worth will join talent onstage during the National Anthem to open the Draft.

On Friday, April 27, the NFL will continue to honor our nation's heroes with military appreciation moments during Rounds 2 and 3.

During Round 2 the NFL will partner with the Tragedy Assistance Program For Survivors (TAPS) to honor Army Capt. Ellery Ray Wallace, a Texas native who died in 2010 while serving in Afghanistan. Wallace's wife and four children will accompany Cowboys Legend Bob Lilly onstage to announce the Cowboys' Round 2 pick.

The NFL is also teaming with the USO, TAPS and Wounded Warrior Project®  to host active duty service members and veterans from all branches of the military as guests for all three days of the Draft.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

St. Jude patient Austin, 17, will join Commissioner Roger Goodell onstage to announce the Denver Broncos' Round 1 pick. Austin, a Broncos' fan, joined NFL Network's "Up to the Minute" to break the news and analyze the team's Draft needs.

An aspiring NFL broadcaster, Austin was diagnosed with oligoastrocytoma, a rare form of cancer, at the age of two. He has been in remission since 2007. Now a junior in high school, Austin is an announcer for a sports radio show in his hometown, and an on-air personality and prep sports statistician for local ESPN radio in New Mexico.

NFL PLAY 60 is the "official champion of play" at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, helping to give all kids the chance to PLAY 60 and lead active and healthy lives.

Youth and High School Football


Football captains from six Arlington ISD schools will represent the Dallas Cowboys on stage alongside Commissioner Goodell during their Round 1 pick.

The high schools whose football players will be represented include:

  • Arlington High School
  • Bowie High School
  • Juan Seguin High School
  • Lamar High School
  • Martin High School
  • Sam Houston High School


Round 6 of the NFL Draft will be Play Football-themed and celebrate youth and high school football participants across the country. Youth football players from NFL FLAG and local youth and high school football have been selected by NFL Clubs to announce Round 6 picks from various locations throughout the country.


Fuel Up to Play 60 Draft Student Ambassador, Trinity Williams, will be recognized on-stage during the Cowboys' Round 7 selection.

NFL Legends and Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Recognition

Thirty-two NFL Legends, including 11 Hall of Fame members, will announce picks in Round 2.

Round 3 Draft announcements will feature past recipients and team winners of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide. The award recognizes a player for excellence on and off the field, and represents the best of the NFL's commitment to philanthropy and community impact.

Presenters for Rounds 2 and 3
Team Round 2 Round 3
Arizona Cardinals Aeneas Williams Deuce Lutui
Atlanta Falcons Michael Vick Ben Garland
Baltimore Ravens Todd Heap Edwin Mulitalo
Buffalo Bills Andre Reed Fred Jackson
Carolina Panthers Jordan Gross Jason Baker
Chicago Bears Mike Singletary Charles Tillman
Cincinnati Bengals T.J. Houshmandzadeh Michael Johnson
Cleveland Browns Jim Brown Randall Telfer
Dallas Cowboys Bob Lilly Travis Frederick
Denver Broncos Steve Atwater Ed McCaffrey
Detroit Lions Nate Burleson Stephen Tulloch
Green Bay Packers Jerry Kramer Brad Jones
Houston Texans Kevin Walter Kris Brown
Indianapolis Colts Joseph Addai Gary Brackett
Jacksonville Jaguars Mark Brunell Brad Meester
Kansas City Chiefs Priest Holmes Willie Lanier
Los Angeles Chargers LaDainian Tomlinson Darrell Stuckey
Los Angeles Rams Henry Ellard Rodger Saffold
Miami Dolphins Dwight Stephenson Reshad Jones
Minnesota Vikings Keith Millard Robert Griffith
New England Patriots Deion Branch Ty Warren
New Orleans Saints Marques Colston Roman Harper
New York Giants Justin Tuck Chris Canty
New York Jets Laveranues Coles Quincy Enunwa
Oakland Raiders Willie Brown Bruce Irvin
Philadelphia Eagles David Akers Harold Carmichael
Pittsburgh Steelers Rod Woodson Max Starks
San Francisco 49ers Merton Hanks Nate Clements
Seattle Seahawks Mack Strong Mack Strong
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ronde Barber To Be Confirmed
Tennessee Titans Vince Young Wesley Woodyard
Washington Redskins Gary Clark Darrel Young

Bold designates Hall of Famers
Teams selected players to be honored regardless of whether the team possesses a Round 2 or Round 3 pick.