Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu says that if the NFL is going to keep passing rules designed to make the game safer, the players should get a vote on those rules.

"There's rule changes every year," Polamalu said in an interview on "SportsCenter." "I do wish, however, 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. Because we're the guys that realize the risk, we're the guys on the field."

Polamalu made his statements in regard to a recent new rule passed against delivering forcible blows with the crown of the helmet outside the tackle box. The NFL's competition committee did ask for player input on that rule before presenting the change to the owners, who approved it by a vote of 31-1.