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.

Fines & Appeals

The NFL's schedule of infractions and fines, and a process for appeal.

NFL Careers in Football Forum

The NFL strives to cultivate a qualified and diverse workforce.

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. 

Gameday: 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 four NFL executives to create the NFL's 256-game masterpiece.

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 the NFL and its partners provide to help every player before, during and after his football career.

NFL Legends Community

Celebrating, educating, embracing and connecting all former NFL players with each other, their former teams and the league.

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 command 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.

2017 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

NFL Video Rulebook

The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.

2017 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.   

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.

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 Player Fact vs. Fiction

Dispelling the top myths about NFL players.

Myth: “While U.S. life expectancy is 77.6 years, recent studies suggest the average  For NFL players is 55.” — Source: St. Petersburg Times

  • Fact: “A government study found a lower death rate among former NFL players than among men in the general population. Former players also had a lower rate of cancer-related deaths. And the rate of deaths from heart disease was lower, too.”
    Source: New York Times
  • Fact“We found the players in our study had a much lower rate of death overall compared to men in the general population. This means that, on average, NFL players (77.5-year life expectancy) are actually living longer than men in the general population (74.7 years).”
    Source: National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety Study (NIOSH)

Myth: “78% of all NFL players are divorced, bankrupt or unemployed two years  after leaving the NFL.” — Source: ESPN

  • Fact: The divorce rates for NFL retirees (age 30-49) are comparably lower to the divorce rates for the same segment of the general population (20 percent vs. 26 percent). NFL retirees are more likely to be currently married than other men in the general population.
    Source: University of Michigan Study of Retired NFL Players

  • FactNFL retirees have higher income than men of similar ages in the general population. Source: University of Michigan Study of Retired NFL Players


Myth: “Most pros never finish college, and the majority do little to prepare for the  day when they venture into the real world.” — Source: Business Week

  • Fact: The overall college graduation rate of about 80 percent among retired NFL players is much higher than the general population rate of 30 percent. 
    Source: University of Michigan Study of Retired NFL Players

Myth: “The suicide rate among former NFL players is higher than the national average.” — Source: Gamesover.org

  • Fact“When the NFLPA asked NIOSH to look at more than 3,000 retired league veterans, the researchers found nine suicides rather than the 22 they might have expected to find. NFL players commit suicide at less than half the rate of other American men.”
    Source: “The War on Football,” by Daniel Flynn
  • FactIn relationship to the overall U.S. male population, NFL active/former players’ suicide rate, at 6.1 per 100,000 since 1987 and 12.5 per 100,000 since 2005 is below the US male suicide rate of 19.2 per 100,000 as documented in 2009.
    Source: Center for Disease Control (CDC) statistics; NFL research

Myth: “What do NFL owners care? To them, players aren't people. They're commodities to be bought and sold, acquired and released.” — Source: CBSSports.com

  • FactNFL owners have consistently (and voluntarily) strengthened the services and benefits available to retirees in renegotiations of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with active players over the past several decades. 
    The landmark CBA agreed upon in 2011 by the NFL and NFL Players Association included additional funding of approximately $1 billion for retiree benefits. The largest single amount, $620 million, is being used for the Legacy Fund, which has increased pensions for pre-1993 retirees.
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