A website report has quoted former Tennessee Titans receiver Derrick Mason as announcing his retirement from the NFL.
Mason, 35, has been with the Baltimore Ravens since 2005 and returned to Nashville just last week to deliver a stirring eulogy at a memorial for slain quarterback Steve McNair on Thursday.
Mason was quoted by JOCKlife.com as saying he was no longer eager to continue playing. He finished last season playing with a nagging shoulder injury but still contributed as the Ravens reached the AFC Championship Game against Pittsburgh.
“I have had a tremendous career and I played for two great teams, I had fun. In my career, I have been able to do everything but win a Super Bowl. I’ve had the opportunity to play on great teams and with great players. After 12 years, I have seen it all and done it all,” Mason told the site. “Right now, I am content with the decision I am making. All good things come to an end and I am ready to see what else life has to offer.”
“I have been thinking about this since the season ended. Emotionally I am just not that enthused. I have not been that enthused to get up and work out…it was getting to that point. This decision has nothing to do with the contract situation; I have made enough money, more than enough money. Emotionally there are things that are more important. It’s time right now. I don’t know what’s going to happen from here, but it’s going to be really nice to see what life has in store for me. What I want people to remember about my NFL career is that I played hard…played hard in practice and the game. I tried to make everyone better and would do anything to help.”
The Ravens released a statement saying Mason had not officially filed any retirement paperwork as of yet.
Mason, a fourth-round pick of the then-Tennessee Oilers in 1997 out of Michigan State, blossomed into a star in 2000 as both a kick returner and wide receiver, catching 63 passes that year. He followed that up by catching between 73 and 96 passes each of the next four years for the Titans, including four consecutive 1,000-yard seasons before being released in a salary cap purge after the 2004 season. He earned Pro Bowl honors in 2001 and 2003.
After signing with the Ravens in 2005, Mason continued to put up strong numbers with 1,000-yard receiving years in three of his four seasons in Baltimore. He also had a career-best 103 receptions in 2007.
If Mason follows through with his retirement plans, he will finish his career with 790 career receptions for 10,061 yards and 52 receiving touchdowns.