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Players do have a voice in rule changes

Troy Polamalu AP

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.

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12 Responses to “Players do have a voice in rule changes”
  1. CKL says: Mar 29, 2013 3:22 PM

    Players opinions should definitely get considered and I’m glad they do. Now the player reps just need to make sure that fact gets communicated effectively to the membership.

  2. themagicman1223 says: Mar 29, 2013 3:26 PM

    While I don’t like the rule itself I do understand the NFL for creating the rule. Most of these players make more money than we will see in a lifetime yet they blow it all like a bunch of idiots and end up broke in their mid 40’s. This will prevent future players from suing the NFL.

  3. thetechnocrat says: Mar 29, 2013 3:26 PM

    The fans should have a say on rules changes waaay before players. We are the game. Without us there is no NFL, just a bunch of goofs with fake degrees living in the ghettos. Seriously, how many do you actually think know all of the rules? 100-200?

    wah players want this, players want that. I’m tired of hearing about the players wanting something!

    How about instead we get rid of prorated signing bonuses so teams will no longer be stuck in salary cap hell when someone doesn’t work out or gets old and slow?

  4. petedutcher says: Mar 29, 2013 3:50 PM

    Players are asked for input….they are not given a vote. Even if they disagree with a rule change…which in the recent RB Rule change they did disagree…the owners will do whatever they want.

    So really, the players do not have a voice…they have a whisper.

  5. theauger says: Mar 29, 2013 3:51 PM

    thetechnocrat says:
    Mar 29, 2013 3:26 PM
    The fans should have a say on rules changes waaay before players. We are the game. Without us there is no NFL, just a bunch of goofs with fake degrees living in the ghettos. Seriously, how many do you actually think know all of the rules? 100-200?
    ____________________________________
    I guess voting with our wallets doesn’t count anymore?

    NFL fans already do have a say when it comes to the NFL and it’s changes. We vote with our viewership & our wallets. If we stopped watching & buying merchandise, the NFL would take notice.

    Till then, stop whining.

  6. petedutcher says: Mar 29, 2013 3:52 PM

    I don’t see why the players themselves are not allowed to vote. Certainly, the players should count as 1-2 ownership votes…especially since they now receive close to 50% revenue.

  7. soysauceandunderwear says: Mar 29, 2013 3:55 PM

    Silly polomalu. You shouldn’t pop off and pretend to care about things you don’t really care about. If he did care he would know the process.

  8. thetechnocrat says: Mar 29, 2013 4:04 PM

    theauger clearly took my meaning wrong since i didn’t say anything to that effect. he’s clearly looking to flame someone. here’s some helpful advice: get a life and state your own opinions instead of crapping on someone else.

  9. ravenator says: Mar 29, 2013 4:40 PM

    Does Polamalu even play football?

  10. majormeatcurtains says: Mar 29, 2013 5:24 PM

    Sure players have a choice. Just ask the Lions players that choose not to follow them.

  11. Deb says: Mar 29, 2013 5:38 PM

    Let’s be real. The NFLPA has as much voice in determining whether a new rule is passed or scuttled as we have in determining the passage of laws in Congress … in fact, less so. Theoretically, mass mailings to Congress do influence votes. But the NFL is a monarchy and Goodell is king. What the king wants, he gets. The notion that the union or the Competition Committee can short-circuit what the king wants is pure fiction.

  12. chi01town says: Mar 30, 2013 1:58 AM

    the problem is GOODELL the NFLPA
    needs to do anything they have to
    too get rid of him now. he is destroying the game. more and more every week. this is football and its rough out there

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