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.

During Week 13 of the 2017 NFL season, 25 NFL players participated in the league’s My Cause My Cleats campaign with custom-designed cleats to bring awareness to the diabetes epidemic and the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) efforts to improve the lives of people living with diabetes and find potential cures.

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Za'Darius Smith participated in the league’s My Cause My Cleats campaign with custom-designed cleats to bring awareness to the diabetes epidemic and the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) efforts to improve the lives of people living with diabetes and find potential cures.

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Za'Darius Smith participated in the league’s My Cause My Cleats campaign with custom-designed cleats to bring awareness to the diabetes epidemic and the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) efforts to improve the lives of people living with diabetes and find potential cures.

“Diabetes is one of our nation’s greatest challenges; nearly half of American adults have diabetes or its precursor prediabetes, and it carries an enormous and lifelong financial, lifestyle and physical burden. Whether it’s to bring awareness to the risks of diabetes, the opportunities to prevent diabetes or in support of those living with diabetes, raising our voices is at the core of our work at the ADA. We’re grateful to these players for bringing this cause to the forefront, as well as the artists who donated their time to help bring this to fruition. Thank you!” said William T. Cefalu, MD, chief scientific, medical and mission officer for the ADA.

New York Giants defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson's custom cleats for the leagues My Cause My Cleats campaign.

New York Giants defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson's custom cleats for the leagues My Cause My Cleats campaign.

Players who supported the ADA for the My Cleats My Cause campaign included:

  • Adrian Phillips, safety – Los Angeles Chargers
  • Ben Koyack, tight end – Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Blair Brown, linebacker – Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Branden Jackson, defensive end – Seattle Seahawks
  • Cedric Thornton, defensive tackle – Buffalo Bills
  • Clive Walford, tight end – Oakland Raiders
  • Dalvin Tomlinson, defensive tackle – New York Giants
  • Damontre Moore, defensive end – free agent
  • DJ Humphries, offensive tackle – Arizona Cardinals
  • Dont'a Hightower, linebacker – New England Patriots
  • Duane Brown, left tackle – Seattle Seahawks
  • Frostee Rucker, defensive end – Arizona Cardinals
  • Jay Ajayi, running back – Philadelphia Eagles
  • John Jenkins, defensive tackle – Chicago Bears
  • Kareem Martin, linebacker – Arizona Cardinals
  • Kyle Love, defensive tackle – Carolina Panthers
  • LaAdrian Waddle, offensive tackle – New England Patriots
  • LeGarrette Blount, running back – Philadelphia Eagles
  • Obum Gwacham, linebacker – New York Jets
  • Ryan Davis, defensive end – Buffalo Bills
  • Sealver Siliga, defensive tackle – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Shane Ray, linebacker – Denver Broncos
  • Walt Aikens, defensive back – Miami Dolphins
  • Will Clarke, defensive back – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Za'Darius Smith, linebacker – Baltimore Ravens
Seattle Seahawks left tackle Duane Brown's custom cleats for the leagues My Cause My Cleats campaign.

Seattle Seahawks left tackle Duane Brown's custom cleats for the leagues My Cause My Cleats campaign.

My Cause My Cleats offers players the opportunity to raise funds for the cause of their choice through NFL Auction; 100 percent of funds raised will be donated to the charities selected by each player. Five players placed their game-worn cleats on the auction block to benefit the ADA: Jay AjayiZa’Darius SmithAdrian PhillipsShane Ray and Dont’a Hightower.

The ADA worked with four artists to create customized cleats for players who decided to support diabetes awareness as their cause. Each artist donated his or her time to hand-paint the players’ gear:

The majority of the 25 players who participated in the My Cause My Cleats campaign are members of the ADA’s Team Tackle initiative. Team Tackle brings together current and former professional football players to raise awareness for diabetes and prediabetes, and to advocate for diabetes research funding and policies that make a positive impact on the diabetes community. 

Photos of the cleats are available for download here.

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the ADA is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)

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