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Receiver Derrick Mason Retires as a Baltimore Raven

He was one of the more influential people to play for the Tennessee Titans, and to be honest, some of his best number came out of Nashville. After spending a combined total of 15 years with the Titans, New York Jets and Houston Texans, and finally the Baltimore Ravens, Derrick Mason announced his retirement on Monday during a press conference.

It only took Mason six years to break franchise records with the Ravens. He totaled 5,777 total yards and 471 receptions. It took him until he was 27 to get a season with more than 1,000 yards, but after that there was no looking back.

The biggest thing about this retirement that I enjoy seeing is the fact that the athlete went out on his own. Most people will say a guy like Mason is talented but too old to still be playing football. For him to be able to make the decision on his own, verses having to retire due to an injury is huge.

The Ravens’ general manager, Ozzie Newsome, was present during Mason’s press conference and made the statement, “I don’t know if there is any one player over the span of their career that did more for this organization than Derrick Mason did.”

It’s hard to believe a guy that has come so far was a fourth round draft pick in 1997. It just goes to show what kind of work goes into the game.

“My run is over,” Mason said during the press conference. “It was a good one, and I’m happy.”