Top 5 NFL Football apps for iPhone


Football season is upon us again and with it comes the need for 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.

[Free - App Store Link]

ESPN Fantasy Football 2011

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 the following aspects of your fantasy league -

  • Start, bench, add, or drop players
  • Accept or reject trades
  • Receive push notifications for scores, substitutions, and trades

The app also allows you to view fantasy league news as well. It's also a free download in the App Store.

[Free - App Store Link]

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.

[Free - App Store Link]

NFL '11

While I didn't find NFL '11 to be as in depth as some of the other picks, the ease of use and simple to navigate interface somewhat makes up for that. If you need an app that will give you up to date game information along with player stats, rosters, and statistics - NFL '11 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 '11 also offers integration with their Fantasy Football 2011 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.

[Free - App Store Link]

NFL Fantasy Cheat Sheet 2011

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 following and much, much more -

  • Custom rankings based on your league scoring system
  • 2011 projections and stats based on data from 2007 - 2010
  • Team depth charts
  • Rank players manually
  • Draft player tracking

[$2.99 - App Store Link]

While these may be some of our favorite apps to load up on our iOS devices 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. Special thanks to ‎@jlew0451, @EckStrm, @Wrnglr, and everyone else who helped out by telling us their favorite football apps!

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

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Allyson Kazmucha

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Top 5 NFL Football apps for iPhone


You didn't mention the Verizon NFL app. It doesn't have the best interface, but it lets you watch NFL Redzone live, or you can listen to each team's radio broadcast. Sure it's just for Verizon subscribers, but considering those features, it has to be #1. (Sorry AT&T peeps!)

Yep - the design of most sports apps leaves a lot to be desired. I've yet to find a well designed one.
As far as the 'form follows function' argument, I don't think that means abandon all efforts to create a well designed app. If the success of apps like Instagram & Tweetbot or even hardware such as Apple itself has taught us, it's that you can have great function & mediocre design and your product will do alright - but if you have great function & great design, your product will soar. Let someone develop a well thought out, intuitive, easy to use, but informative sports app with a great UI and it'll leave most of these apps in the dust.
The web is filled with stories as of late about the importance of great design and attention to detail. But I could be a bit bias, I'm an Industrial Designer at heart & an Art Director by trade.

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One caveat on the ESPN Fantasy Football app -- you must be an Insider Subscriber at a few bucks per month to receive notifications.

ESPN gets all the love, but I prefer Yahoo Sportacular for both design and more comprehensive push notifications. My favorite is a three hours prior to game time alert, but there is also a red zone alert that cones in handy. And I find it easy to navigate, whereas I can't ever find what I'm looking for in the ESPN app.

Just a note. NFL Fantasy Cheetsheets seems to have stopped updating their player news since the season started. Everything wa good during the preseason, with up to the minute info, but now that my draft is over, and the regular season week 1 is done and over with, their news stories on all my players (and even on others) are 2+ weeks old. I guarantee that there's been updated news on all my players from two different drafts in the last two weeks.
Seems the app was supposed to be used to help with fantasy drafts only, and now that they are all done, and the dev has our money, they don't need to keep updating the news anymore. What a shame...

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