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.

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. 

Behind the Stripes: Timeline

Starting the next week’s work when this week’s final whistle blows.

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.

2016 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

NFL Video Rulebook

NFL SVP of Officiating Dean Blandino explains NFL rules with video examples.

2016 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.   

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.

My NFL Draft Experience

Troy Vincent, Executive Vice President, NFL Football Operations, shares his memories from his NFL Draft day

A lot has happened since April 26, 1992 — the day the Miami Dolphins called my name as the seventh overall pick in the 1992 NFL draft. 
NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent poses with his grandmother Julia and former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue after he was selected out of Wisconsin with the seventh pick in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins in April, 1992. (AP Photo/Richard Harbus)

NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent poses with his grandmother Julia and former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue after he was selected out of Wisconsin with the seventh pick in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins in April, 1992. (AP Photo/Richard Harbus)

It was one of the most cherished and memorable milestones in my career, and certainly one of the greatest moments in my family’s history. But it was only the beginning for me.

I had been projected by many experts as an early first-round pick, so I was invited to attend the draft. I made the quick trip to New York City from Trenton, N.J., to sit with other top prospects in the “green room,” where we waited for our names to be called.

When the Dolphins selected me with the 7th pick, I realized that all of my hard work and dreams had paid off. The investments my family, my coaches and community members had made in me over the years were validated.

But the draft experience is far more than the excitement of hearing your name called, shaking hands with the commissioner and holding up your new team’s jersey as you pose for pictures. It’s the beginning of one of the most intense and challenging phases of your life.

All too often, today’s athletes focus on the immediate celebration — not on what comes next. Once you’re drafted, you enter a world where you’re judged on your production, not your potential. Some people will still tell you how great you are, but now more than ever, other players are working hard, trying to take your job — and your dream — away from you.

One of the most memorable experiences for me happened when I returned to Trenton after the draft. My family, friends, and coaches gathered to celebrate with me. They also helped me to put what had happened in perspective: Within a couple of hours, I was back on the old basketball court in the park around the corner, playing a game of pickup.

Troy Vincent poses for his NFL trading card before his rookie season with the Miami Dolphins in 1992. (AP Photo/NFL Photos)

Troy Vincent poses for his NFL trading card before his rookie season with the Miami Dolphins in 1992. (AP Photo/NFL Photos)

That day, the most important people in my life helped keep me grounded. I realized that my first full day as a top draft pick had to be treated like any other day, and that the true challenge was ahead. I had to compete for, and earn, my job on the Dolphins.

My advice to those players about to be drafted, celebrate, but don’t let anyone tell you that being drafted by an NFL team is the pinnacle of your career. Never once did I allow that to settle in my mind. The NFL playing experience is just the next leg of a longer journey.

Scripture says that to whom much is given, much is required, and that humility comes before honor. Being drafted by an NFL team is an amazing accomplishment, but one that requires humility. Not only did God bless me with an opportunity to play the greatest game on the biggest stage, but He also blessed me with an awesome responsibility to do something great with it.

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