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Rob Sims
G #67
Height:
6-3
Weight:
312
Age:
30
College:
Ohio State
Hometown:
Macedonia, OH
Experience:
9
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGames
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TOTAL 109 98
2013 DET 16 16
2012 DET 16 16
2011 DET 16 16
2010 DET 16 16
2009 SEA 14 14
2008 SEA 1 1
2007 SEA 16 16
2006 SEA 14 3

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Biography

A nine-year NFL veteran and one of the leaders in the locker room, Sims soon became the Lions’ starter at left guard after joining Detroit via trade with Seattle in 2010. Played all 16 games last season and helped solidify the left side of the offensive line.

MANE FACTS

  • Voted by his teammates for the Eric Andolsek Top Offensive Lineman Award in 2013.

TRANSACTIONS

  • Signed by the Detroit Lions to a four-year extension (through 2014-15) on October 8, 2010.
  • Acquired via trade by the Detroit Lions April 6, 2010 from the Seattle Seahawks.
  • Placed on Reserve/Injured list be the Seahawks September 10. 2008.
  • Drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round (128th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft.

PRO
A nine-year NFL veteran and one of the leaders in the locker room, Sims soon became the Lions’ starter at left guard after joining Detroit via trade with Seattle in 2010. Played all 16 games last season and helped solidify the left side of the offensive line.

  • Has appeared in 109 games (98 starts) during his career, and has played in five postseason games (five starts).
  • With the Lions starting lineup of Sims, LT Jeff Backus, C Dominic Raiola, RG Stephen Peterman and RT Gosder Cherilus in the team’s 2012 season opener 27-23 win over St. Louis (9/9), the offensive line became the unit that marked the first time a Lions team has started the same offensive line combination for three consecutive years since 1980-82 (LT Karl Baldischeiler, LG Homer Elias, C Amos Fowler, RG Russ Bolinger and RT Keith Dorne). With starts by all five offensive linemen, they moved their collective total of regular season starts with the Lions to 494, the most starts by an offensive line unit with one team in the NFL.
  • Played first four seasons (2006-09) with the Seahawks.
  • Started all four playoff games during his first two seasons for Seattle and helped RB Shaun Alexander rush for 108 yards and two touchdowns in NFC Divisional Playoff his rookie year at Chicago (1/14/06).

2013: Veteran left guard who started all 16 games and helped pave the way for the Lions to average 392.1 net yards per game, the sixth-best mark in the League, and 15 rushing touchdowns. Part of unit that ranked second in the NFL in sacks allowed (23).

  • Started at left tackle in Week 1 vs. Minnesota (9/8) and helped the Lions gain 481 yards of total offense.
  • Part of the Lions offensive line in Week 3 at Washington (9/22) that helped Detroit’s offense gain 448 yards and score three touchdowns against the Redskins while allowing just one sack.
  • Contributed to an offensive line effort that helped the Lions churn up 159 yards on the ground in Week 4 vs. Chicago (9/29).
  • Paved the way for Detroit’s offense to gain 118 yards on the ground as the line allowed just one sack in Week 6 at Cleveland (10/13).
  • In Week 7 vs. Cincinnati (10/20), added to an offensive line effort that helped Detroit’s offense gain 434 yards and score three touchdowns against the Bengals while not allowing a sack.
  • Key cog in the offensive line play that helped the Lions set a franchise single-game record by accumulating 638 total offensive yards (143 rushing, 480 passing) in Week 8 vs. Dallas (10/27). They broke the previous record of 591 yards vs. New York Yanks November 23, 1950
  • It was the first time in team history that the Lions offense accumulated over 600 total yards in a game.
  • Helped the Lions rush for 145 yards while not allowing a sack in Week 10 at Chicago (11/10).
  • Blocked for Detroit’s running backs as the Lions gained 241 yards on the ground vs. Green Bay (11/28) on Thanksgiving. This was the team’s highest rushing output since the Lions gained 249 yards vs. Indianapolis November 23, 1997.
  • The 241 rushing yards vs. Green Bay (11/28) marked the first time the Lions gained 200+ rushing yards since they chewed up 215 yards vs. Arizona December 5, 2004.
  • Guided the Lions ground game to rushing touchdowns from RBs Joique Bell and Theo Riddick, respectively, in Week 16 vs. New York Giants (12/22).

2012: Played and started in all 16 games and helped the Lions record 17 rushing touchdowns and almost 5,000 yards passing from QB Matthew Stafford. Part of unit that ranked fourth in the NFL in sacks allowed per pass play.

  • With the Lions starting lineup of Sims, LT Jeff Backus, C Dominic Raiola, RG Stephen Peterman and RT Gosder Cherilus in the team’s season opener win against St. Louis (9/9), the offensive line became the unit that marked the first time a Lions team has started the same offensive line combination for three consecutive years since 1980-82 (LT Karl Baldischeiler, LG Homer Elias, C Amos Fowler, RG Russ Bolinger and RT Keith Dorne). With starts by all five offensive linemen, they moved their collective total of regular season starts with the Lions to 494, the most starts by an offensive line unit with one team in the NFL.
  • Part of the Lions offensive line in Week 3 at Tennessee (9/23) that helped Detroit’s offense gain 583 yards against the Titans, the third-highest total in team history.
  • Helped pave way for 141 rushing yards (36 attempts), along with RB Mikel Leshoure gaining 100 yards. Leshoure became the first Lions rusher to gain 100 yards in a debut since RB Billy Sims in 1980.
  • The offensive line saw their best game of the season in Week 9 at Jacksonville (11/4), helping RBs Mikel Lehsoure and Joique Bell combine for four rushing touchdowns against the Jaguars and tally 149 yards on the ground in the Lions’ 31-14 win.
  • Helped the Lions ground game to two rushing touchdowns from RBs Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell, respectively, in Week 12 vs. Houston on Thanksgiving Day (11/22).
  • Contributed to an offensive line effort that allowed zero sacks against the Colts’ pass rush in Week 13 vs. Indianapolis (12/2).

2011: Team’s starting left guard. Started all 16 games for the second-consecutive year. Offense finished 10th in NFL is sacks per pass play (5.1 pct) yielding 36 sacks on 702 pass plays.

  • Recovered a fumble on 1st-and-10 in the third quarter in season opener at Tampa Bay (9/11). Sims’ recovery kept the Lions’ offense on the field to score on a one-yard touchdown from QB Matthew Stafford to WR Calvin Johnson. The offensive line unit allowed no sacks and helped the team rush for 126 rushing yards in the win.
  • In the home opener vs. Kansas City (9/18), was part of an offensive line that allowed no sacks for the second consecutive game. The Lions offense generated 48 points in the victory over the Chiefs, the most points scored by the Lions since they garnered 55 points in a Thanksgiving Day 55-20 win over Chicago (11/27/97).
  • Part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack at Dallas (10/2) as the team claimed a 34-30 win after trailing by 24 points in the third quarter.
  • Offense had huge day in Lions’ 24-13 win vs. Chicago (10/10) as the line paved the way for the team to chew up 181 yards on the ground, including a career-high 163 from RB Jahvid Best. Best had runs of 88 yards for a touchdown and another 43 yards near the end of the game. The 88-yard touchdown was the second longest run in team history.
  • Helped protect Matthew Stafford in order for him to throw for a franchise-record 63 passing attempts vs. Chicago (11/13).
  • Part of an offensive line that paved the way for RB Kevin Smith to rush for 140 yards vs. Carolina (11/20) and blocked for QB Matthew Stafford to throw 5 touchdown passes in the game.
2010: Took over the team’s starting left guard duties after being traded from Seattle. Part of offensive line that ranked fifth in NFL in Sacks per Pass Play (4.09 pct.), giving up just 27 sacks on 660 pass plays.
  • Part of an offensive line against Philadelphia (9/19) that helped team rush for 115 yards, including 78 and two touchdowns from rookie RB Jahvid Best.
  • Made 50th start of career against Minnesota (1/2).

2009: Saw action in 14 games with 14 starts at left guard and was inactive for two: vs. Arizona (10/18) and vs. Jacksonville (10/11) in his final season with the Seahawks.

  • Started at left guard vs. St. Louis (9/13) and was part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack.
  • Started at left guard vs. Chicago (9/27) but left game early in the third quarter with a strained oblique.
  • Returned from oblique injury to start at Indianapolis (10/4), but left the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury and did not return.
  • Was part of an offensive line at Arizona (11/15) that lead team to 164 yards rushing against NFL’s fourth-ranked run defense.
  • Helped lead to a season-high 170 rushing yards at St. Louis (11/29).

2008: Was placed on injured reserve September 10 with a pectoral muscle injury forcing him to miss the remaining15 games of the season.

2007: Started in all 16 games played.

  • Was part of an offensive line that helped the team rush for a 2007 season-high 167 yards at Atlanta (12/30).

2006: Played in 14 games during his rookie campaign with three starts.

  • Made NFL debut replacing Chris Gray (knee) in the third game of the 2006 season vs. New York Giants (9/24) and did not allow a sack.

COLLEGE
Started 40-of-47 games for the Buckeyes, earning 12 of those starts at left guard. Shifted to left guard from left tackle prior to senior season earning All-Big Ten Conference First Team honors.

  • Made 28 starts at left tackle as an underclassmen and produced 83 key blocks and eight touchdown-resulting blocks for an offense that collected 5,068 yards, an average of 422.8 yards per game his senior year.

PERSONAL
Son of the late Cleveland Browns tackle Robert “Mickey” Sims (1977-79). Was a First Team All-Ohio selection at offensive tackle during senior season at Nordonia High School.

  • Started at guard as a sophomore and junior before moving to tackle his senior season.
  • Earned letters in basketball and two in track, finishing fourth in the state in the shot put as a senior.
  • Communications major at Ohio State.

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