Sometimes, wishes are quickly granted. Sometimes, they already were.
Steelers safety Troy Polamalu wants player input in rule changes. But the players already have input.
“I do wish . . . that the NFL did have a voice from the players’ side, whether it’s our players’ union president, or team captains, or our executive committee on the players’ side,” Polamalu said earlier today on ESPN. “Because we’re the guys that realize the risk, we’re the guys on the field.”
As MDS pointed out, the players have a voice in the rule-revising process. Specifically, this year’s the rule changes were discussed with NFLPA president Domonique Foxworth, who worked with Lester Archambeaux, Charlie Batch, Ernie Conwell, Matt Hasselbeck, Brandon Moore, Jeff Saturday, Ben Watson, and Eric Winston in providing input to the Competition Committee.
Also, Will Montgomery of the Redskins presented video to the Competition Committee in connection with the rule that makes the snapper a defenseless player.
Former players also had a voice with the Player Safety Advisory panel, which includes John Madden, Ronnie Lott, Ernie Accorsi, Antonio Freeman, Patrick Kerney, Willie Lanier, Oliver Luck, Steve Mariucci, Anthony Munoz.
So, basically, Polamalu already got what he wanted, without finding a lamp or losing an eyelash.