Derrick Mason retires from NFL after 15 seasons

Associated Press (via ESPN):

Mason plans to pursue a career in broadcasting and has appeared on NFL Network recently.

“I’m spending some time at home and doing as much as I can to really get entrenched in some broadcasting network whether it be nationally or do something here locally,” Mason said. “I enjoy it a lot.”

Other than not winning a Super Bowl after playing in one with the Titans when they lost to the St. Louis Rams following the 1999 NFL season, Mason said he leaves the game with no regrets.

“I leave it healthy and able to run and walk and not take a half-hour or 45 minutes to get out of bed,” Mason said. “I don’t have lingering pains as of now. Me leaving now, even though it didn’t happen the way I wanted it to happen, I had a good run. It was fun while it lasted.”

Derrick Mason: what a great player, consummate professional and man of character. He retires after 15 seasons as the all-time leading receiver for the Ravens, and for the Titans he is the 5th all-time receiver and is 2nd all-time in total combined yards. He twice went to the Pro Bowl, twice was selected an All-Pro, caught 943 passes for 12,061 yards and 66 touchdowns, and in 2000 broke the then-NFL record for all-purpose yardage in a single season, which stood until this year (Darren Sproles). That, my friends, is a career

It has been an absolute pleasure watching Derrick play the game.

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