Rob Sims has toiled in anonymity for years. That’s the life of an NFL guard especially one who started his career in the upper northwest and now plays for the pass-happiest team in the league.

But as anyone paying attention can attest Sims might have been the best and most consistent performer not named Calvin Johnson on the Lions’ offense last year.

He started every game at left guard for the third straight season ranked fifth in Pro Football Focus’ comprehensive position ratings and deep down wouldn’t mind getting a little recognition.

He’s not self-starting a Pro Bowl campaign but Sims the anchor of a revamped offensive line admits a trip to Hawaii would be “a cherry on top” of his blue-collar career.

“I definitely go into every year with those expectations for myself” Sims said. “Of course it would definitely feel good to finally get it but sometimes it’s not in the cards for everybody. But it would definitely be one of those things like that would be my moment. That would be my moment if I did it.”

The NFL revamped its Pro Bowl last week so that the top players regardless of conference will be selected for the game.

That could aid Sims’ effort as five of the league’s best guards – San Francisco’s Mike Iupati Green Bay’s Josh Sitton New Orleans’ Jahri Evans and the Tampa duo of Davin Joseph and Carl Nicks – reside in the NFC.

It’s not something he’s consumed by but offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn said Sims is deserving of whatever recognition comes his way.