The NFL is an acronym for the National Football League. The NFL is the governing body for the league and is responsible for organizing the teams, their games and the business of professional football.
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Don Shula had an amazing 347 career victories with much of his career spent coaching the Miami Dolphins. He spent 26 years with the Dolphins, and in that time they only posted one losing season. Learn more about legendary coach Don Shula.
Earl Campbell won the 1977 Heisman Trophy and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990. His career was cut short due to the constant pounding and abuse he took during his eight-year career. Learn about Earl Campbell's great running back career.
Defensive back Jack Christiansen might have been the greatest punt returner ever. He averaged 21.47 yards per return in 1952, which stands as the second highest ever. Learn more about Hall of Fame inductee Jack Christiansen.
Willie Davis was fortunate enough to be traded to the Green Bay Packers at just the right time. His speed agility and size allowed him to become one of the best defensive ends in professional football. Read about defensive end Willie Davis.
Mike Ditka is a Chicago football legend as both a player and a coach. He is famous for coaching the Chicago Bears to a Super Bowl win against New England in 1986. Learn about Mike Ditka, the first tight end inducted into the Football Hall of Fame.
Paul Warfield, a premier wide receiver, played as a rookie for the Browns. In his first six years with the Browns, the team played in five conference championships and posted a record of 59-23-2.
Football legend Lance Alworth was the first AFL player to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was a prized catch when he signed with the Chargers in the AFL instead of the 49ers in the NFL. Read about his amazing 11-season career.
Doug Atkins was a great defensive football player whose size and speed got him named an All-NFL three times. He was named to eight Pro-Bowls and played a part on the legendary Chicago Bears defensive team in 1963 when they won the championship.
Slingin' Sammy Baugh was so accurate in his passing that he led the NFL record in passing six times. He also led the league in passing, punting and interceptions in 1943. He was one of the sport's most complete players.
Chuck Bednarik was a great football player who effortlessly switched between offensive center and linebacker. He was known as a tough hitter. Read about how a tough hit from Bednarik left Frank Gifford lying unconscious on the ground.
Mel Blount played in five Pro Bowls and holds the Steelers' record for most interceptions. He was one of the best cornerbacks of his era and part of the reason why the Pittsburgh Steelers were the most dominant team in the '70s.
Terry Bradshaw started slow with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but was setting records by the end of his career. Bradshaw played for 14 seasons, throwing 27,989 yards and making 212 touchdowns.
Buck Buchanan was the big player with the big personality that the Kansas City Chiefs needed in the late 1960s. Buchanan was a constant threat who gained notoriety for making things happen when it counted.
Take an inside look at a working week in the life of one of the NFL's top defensive ends, Patrick Kerney of the Atlanta Falcons, as told to us by Kerney himself.
By Dave Coustan
Super Bowl Sunday is a football fan's nirvana. It's when the NFL champion is decided once and for all. But the day is about way more than just football.
By Kevin Bonsor & John Donovan
It's training camp time -- are you a would-be football fan? Or maybe you just want a refresher on the rules? We'll tell you how the plays work, how to keep score and how large a football field really is. Hike!
By Kevin Bonsor
Have you ever wondered what it's like to play professional football? We have, so we called up players Takeo Spikes, Carlos Emmons, Jonas Jennings, Fred Beasley and Willie Anderson to find out.
Free agents, restricted free agents, compensatory picks and good old Mr. Irrelevant...what does it all mean? It's NFL draft time! Find out how NFL teams fill positions in this annual event.
By Kevin Bonsor
With the recent NFL draft, players are now negotiating contracts. Learn how the NFL's salary cap works, and how teams work under the salary cap with trades, signing bonuses, and other financial maneuvering.
The virtual first-down line that you see in many televised football games is something of a computer-generated miracle that home viewers have come to love. Find out how this line gets "painted" on the field without painting the players.
By Shel Brannan
Advancements in technology allow the home viewer to see all kinds of information that the fan in the stadium can't see. Learn how do the broadcast stations superimpose the first-down line on the football playing field.
A typical NFL football team goes through 2,500 pairs of sneakers in one season. Go inside an NFL locker room and check out the equipment behind the game!