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Football season is upon us again and with it comes the need for NFL score updates, player stats, rosters, and other information hardcore fans want in the palm of their hands. For iPhone users, you've got tons of options when it comes to apps. Whether you just want to check score updates or check on your favorite fantasy football league. Follow along for our top picks.

ESPN ScoreCenter

ScoreCenter is by far one of the most popular sports apps in the App Store. Not only does it contain support for NFL but other sports as well. You can follow your favorite teams and choose to receive push notifications for a variety of different things. You can set alerts for individual games or for a whole season which is nice for people who may not want updates for games they're able to watch. They can just set them for games they know they're going to miss.

I like the fact that ScoreCenter allows you to follow all your teams and see a brief summary in one place. If you just want to check scores and stats quickly you won't have to dig around. But you have the option to see more detailed information if you want to.

ScoreCenter is a free download in the App Store.

ESPN Fantasy Football 2012

For those of you that take part in fantasy football leagues, ESPN also offers an app for fantasy leagues as well. You'll need to already have a fantasy league to use this app but once you have one, you can use the app to manage your league, including the ability to start, bench, add, or drop players, accept or reject trades, receive push notifications for scores, substitutions, and trades.

ESPN Fantasy Football 2012 also allows you to view fantasy league news and is a free download in the App Store.

Pro Football Insider

If you want to view more than just stats, scores, rosters, and rankings - you may prefer Pro Football Insider. It contains not only the information you'd expect but thousands of video clips, updated news and rumors, and even more.

One thing I really found interesting about this app over the others was the integrated Twitter feed which aggregates Twitter postings from not only industry experts but players themselves.

If you're a Pro Football Insider subscriber you'll also have access to even more premium content that the free app doesn't provide. This is an app any hardcore football fan will want to pick up.

NFL '12

While I didn't find NFL '12 to be as in depth as some of the other picks, the ease of use and simple to navigate interface makes up for it. If you need an app that will give you up-to-date game information along with player stats, rosters, and statistics - NFL '12 should suit you well.

You can customize alerts for teams and games just as you can in some of the other popular apps such as ESPN ScoreCenter. NFL '12 also offers integration with their NFL.com Fantasy Football 2012 (App Store link) service and app. Most fantasy football fans I talked to seemed to prefer the ESPN fantasy app better, but if you prefer the NFL fantasy app, this pairing may be a better option for you.

NFL Fantasy Cheat Sheet 2012

Here's another app fantasy football leaguers will definitely want to check out. Not only does it aggregate up to date NFL news, standings, and charts - it's one of the better apps out there for managing your fantasy leagues.

Out of the apps I checked out for fantasy football fans, this app seemed to have the best user interface by far. You can quickly view profiles and stats by simply swiping left and right. Other apps sometimes left stats buried and harder to get to. This app is put together exceptionally well and will make managing your content easier than ever.

Some of the main features of the app include the ability to view custom rankings based on your league scoring system, 2012 projections and stats based on data from 2007 - 2011, team depth charts, rank players manually, draft player tracking and more.

Your favorite football apps?

While these may be some of our favorite apps to load up on our iPhones during football season, it doesn't mean there aren't other great ones out there. If you use something different let us know what your picks are as well.

And if you want even more suggestions on football or NFL apps, check out our iMore apps & games forum for more opinions from forum members. You can also give us your opinions on your favorite sports apps in our iMore apps & games review forum. We'd love to hear from you!

Ally Kazmucha contributed a significant amount of content to this article.

Leanna Lofte

App and Photography Editor at iMore. Mother, wife, and math instructor. Follow her on Twitter @llofte and send her apps to consider for review at iosapps@imore.com

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Linebarrel86 says:

Once iOS 6 is released I don't think many will use these other apps as much for looking up scores.

I'm really looking forward to Siri being able to give me scores, alerts and other things.

Dev from tipb says:

People who want scores on gameday are rarely looking them up -- they get them pushed. (Especially fantasy junkies like me.)

When my Bears score a TD, ESPN ScoreCenter, for example, will notify me within a few seconds, tell me who just scored and how (Cutler to Marshall, 29 yard TD), the current game score, and the time remaining -- without me having to do anything.

Siri will tell me the Bears score when I remember to ask "What is the Chicago Bears score" -- less information, less conveniently.

Siri will be even less helpful about my Fantasy team, because Apple knows nothing about it (no fault of their own), so they cannot give me any information except one player at a time.

9thWonder says:

good point. And honestly. its simple to just click the NFL 12 app icon and live scores are on the first page. it's one touch. faster then hitting the siri button and then speaking. And like you can say, there have been score updates for as long as i can remember data on phones.

Dev from tipb says:

This year's NFL.com fantasy leagues are offering league wide group video chats (via embedded Google Hangouts -- not sure if they will work on the iPhone's Google+ app). I am in returning ESPN and Yahoo leagues, so I will not be trying it, but I'd be interesting in hearing from those who have.

Don Camorra says:

These are not "football"-apps, they are "american football"-apps :)

9thWonder says:

Well this website is run by a bunch of cats in north america and in the U.S. and Canada this is football. ;)

Don Camorra says:

True, but as a stupid european I associate "football" with a sport where you kick a round ball with your feet :)

Heisenberg says:

Football isn't where guys run around with free-flowing hair in daisy dukes throwing themselves on the ground pretending to be hurt. That's what we call soccer (:

9thWonder says:

I love soccer. Played it all my life.

JustMe'D says:

The ESPN Score Center app is downright awesome, especially the push alerts. I've been using it for quite some time and unless iOS 6 has something that will wow me, I can't see myself not continuing to use the ESPN Score Center app.

jamend81 says:

I love all the options that it gives you for getting the alerts. I don't think that anything can come close to it.

davidisais11 says:

PEOPLE!! Get SportCaster!! Clean UI! Nice and Easy! Every Sport!! AHHA!!!

ctt1wbw says:

Now that SportCaster has push alerts, I've deleted the ESPN app on the iPhone. I never really was all that impressed with it.

BLiNK says:

NFL '12 simply is horrible

i use ESPN Scorecenter and ScoreMobile and have yet to find anything better

caleb22 says:

DirecTV Sunday Ticket app! The mobile add-on to the package is a free upgrade this year. Excited to check it out.

barnettj says:

Yes! I use the ESPN & NFL '12 app. But for live football when I'm away from home, it's Sunday Ticket. I've had it for the past couple of seasons and can't imagine trying to live without it.

Joeinindy says:

For up to the minute NFL news that hardcore fans need, NBC Sports Talk is the best app I've seen. It aggregates every major sport into sections, using ProFootballTalk for NFL.

It doesn't bother with scores, but updates almost immediately with virtually every newsworthy NFL story.

9thWonder says:

I actually like the NFL 12 app. it does all i need. And i don't play fantasy football.

Randall H says:

I like OdzBall Sports Calculator - it tells you the odds of your team winning when you put in the state of the game (basically a win expectancy finder). Works for football, baseball, soccer and hockey. Fun to use during the game.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/odzball-sports-calculator/id552816225?ls=...