NFL

NFL LogoThe National Football League (NFL), also referred to as Gridiron outside of the United States, is the preeminent North American football competition.

The NFL is one of four major professional sports leagues in North America – along with the NBA, MLB and NHL, and was launched as a professional competition in 1920.

The NFL competition consists of 32 teams divided into the National Football Conference (NFC) and American Football Conference (AFC) – both conferences consist of two divisions.

Contested annually across the American autumn-winter season, the NFL regular season consists of 16 games and one bye running across a total of 17 weeks.

The NFL playoffs, an elimination tournament, consists of six teams from each conference (four division winners and two wild cards) competing within their respective conferences. At the end of the playoffs the two conference winners compete in the grand final known as the Super Bowl.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady

Until 1970 professional American football consisted of two leagues; the American Football League (AFL), and National Football League (NFL) until they were merged through a deal brokered in 1966.

The sport also has the highest average attendance of any North American sport with approximately 67,500 attendees per match; the Super Bowl, the culmination of the NFL season, is one of the most watched sporting events worldwide.

The Pittsburgh Steelers remain the most successful franchise since the AFL and NFL merged, winning six Super Bowls since 1966. Morten Andersen (Denmark) holds the record for the most NFL games played (382) as well as the record for most points of all time (2,544), Morten competed in the NFL from 1982-2007, an astonishing record.

Last updated: 28 February, 2017

NFL Articles

NFL’s best and worst position groups: Offense

NFL’s best and worst position groups: Offense

by , 15 May 2017

Rookie minicamps are underway, the silly season of free agency and the draft is behind us and teams and fans alike are starting to get a glimpse of how their 2017 rosters are shaping up.

Six reasons why the Patriots can go back-to-back

Six reasons why the Patriots can go back-to-back

by , 10 May 2017

The more things change, the more they stay the same, and no team recognises this more than the New England Patriots, who consistently contend for championships year after year.

What if there was an NRL rookie draft?

What if there was an NRL rookie draft?

by , 10 May 2017

Those who follow the NFL may have kept an eye on the 2017 draft that concluded recently.

Aaron Hernandez: An opportunity wasted

Aaron Hernandez: An opportunity wasted

by , 4 May 2017

There are millions of young people all around the world who dream of getting the opportunity to play a professional sport.

The NFL draft’s three big winners

The NFL draft’s three big winners

by , 1 May 2017

The 2017 NFL Draft is in the books and the pre-draft uncertainty evolved into nothing short of insanity shortly after the Cleveland Browns took Myles Garrett with the first overall pick.

Aussie giant goes No.3 in NFL draft

by , 29 Apr 2017

Solomon Thomas, a 191cm-tall and 125kg defensive lineman who grew up on Sydney’s beaches, has been selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the third overall pick in the NFL Draft.

NFL Draft: Are character concerns worth the risk?

NFL Draft: Are character concerns worth the risk?

by , 26 Apr 2017

Every year, some of the biggest questions on the minds of National Football League (NFL) general managers entering the draft are whether it will be a worthwhile risk to invest in particular players with troubling pasts.

2017 ‘A Gap’ NFL Mock Draft

2017 ‘A Gap’ NFL Mock Draft

by , 26 Apr 2017

The 2017 NFL Draft is not far away now – here’s my mock of the first 32 picks.

2017 NFL pre-draft primer: NFC

2017 NFL pre-draft primer: NFC

by , 21 Apr 2017

Only seven (count ‘em!) days left until the biggest draft day in all of North American sport, and the other half of the league have also been busy in plugging perceived holes in their rosters.

2017 NFL Draft: Top four running back prospects

by , 6 Apr 2017

The 2017 NFL Draft is just around the corner.


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