Derrick Mason announced his retirement Monday. This was to be expected after a long season of bouncing from one team to another after the Ravens cut him for salary-cap reasons. Mason was drafted in the 4th round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the then Tennessee Oilers. He enjoyed seven years with the Tennessee Titans, surpassing the 1,000 receiving mark in each of the last four years. Mason was a member of the only Titans team to play in a superbowl, falling just short of victory.
In 2005 he would make his way to the Baltimore Ravens as a unrestricted free agent. He had five successful years of play for them before being cut at the beginning of this past season. In his last season, Mason was unceremoniously passed from the Ravens to the Jets to the Texans, eventually being cut from the Texans.
In his final year at the age of 37, Mason recorded 19 receptions for 170 yards and 0 touchdowns. It’s a sad end to a tremendous career. Mason deserved better, but he’s not bitter.
I leave it healthy and able to run and walk and not take a half-hour or 45 minutes to get out of bed. Me leaving now, even though it didn’t happen the way I wanted it to happen, I had a good run.
Mason totaled 943 career receptions (11th all-time), 12,061 receiving yards and 66 touchdowns. He was a tough player who’ll be remembered by many for his heartful play.
Mason now hopes to pursue a career in broadcastings.