They intensely study film and read everything from scouting reports to the local sports pages.
They learn the details of the offense's game plan.
They understand exactly how the defensive coordinator thinks.
Basically, to survive in this game, they must immerse themselves in every facet of what goes on between the yard markers in the National Football League.
But when the ball flies off the tee and the first player dives into the human wedge that protects the kick returner, these guys aren't on the field of play.
It only feels that way.
Since 1962, NFL Films has brought to football fans the winning touchdowns, the crushing tackles, and the type of insight into the game that no other league can match. NFL Films is without peer. Its dynasty has outlasted the Packers of the '60s, Steelers of the '70s, 49ers of the '80s, and Cowboys of the '90s. And thanks to its brilliant innovations and the artistry of the sport's premier cinematographers, NFL Films only gets better each season.
"I've been working at Films since I got out of high school in 1983, and I've got to tell you, it's the best job on the planet," says Craig Johnson, who's positioned behind the sidelines most Sundays picking up the sights and sounds of the NFL. "It's a fantastic experience, one that gives you the type of flexibility you don't often find in the TV or film industry."