ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Detroit Lions offensive guard Rob Sims doesn't recommend it for anyone at home, but he intentionally gained about 15 pounds during the offseason and is now tipping the scales around 315.
"There's no need to have a 9-to-5 (job) and carry this kind of weight," Sims said. "There's no reason to be this heavy other than to play football."
Although the perception might be that the big uglies on the offensive line could care less about their overeating habits and cholesterol levels, that's not true with Sims.
His father, former Cleveland Brown lineman Robert "Mickey" Sims, died of heart disease. Rob Sims takes it all very serious.
He just felt he really needed the extra pounds to continue to compete every Sunday in the NFL trenches.
Younger players adding "good weight" over the winter is more common, but Sims, 28, is entering his seventh year in the league.
Excessive gains for someone his age typically is an indication that the player has gotten out of shape duri...