Derrick Mason retiring as a Raven on Monday

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Receiver Derrick Mason made known in January his intention to retire from the NFL.  With the Ravens announcing on Sunday night a Monday press conference that will be attended by Mason, G.M. Ozzie Newsome, and coach John Harbaugh, it’s safe to assume that Mason will be retiring as a Raven.

A 15-year veteran, Mason held the single-season all-purpose yardage record from 2000 through 2011.  Mason’s mark of 2,690 narrowly was edged by Darren Sproles of the Saints, who generated 2,696 yards in his first season with the Saints.

Mason accomplished his feat with only 896 yards from scrimmage; the rest of the yardage came via kickoff returns (1,132 yards) and punt returns (662).

Mason spent only six seasons in Baltimore, after eight years in Tennessee.  Last season, he signed with the Jets, was traded to the Texans, and eventually was cut.

He finishes his career with 943 receptions for 12,064 yards and 66 touchdowns.

28 responses to “Derrick Mason retiring as a Raven on Monday

  1. I think it’s terrific when a player like Mason gets to come back and retire where his heart is. Good luck in your future endeavors.

  2. As a Ravens fan it’s really special that even though he spent more time with another team, he enjoyed his time in Baltimore so much that he wants to go out as a Raven. If not for the inflated passing numbers of this era, Mason would probably be a HOF candidate. He may never get there but he’s definitely earned a spot in the Ravens ROH. Infact, I hope he gets inducted Monday night to kick off the season, since I’ll be there.

  3. Was this a good guy?

    Didn’t the Jets get rid of this guy because his bad attitude was rubbing off on other players?

    In the Jets locker room that’s really saying something…

  4. Why did Mason choose to retire as a Raven when he had a longer career with Tennessee who gave him a chance originally and he went to the 1999-2000 Superbowl with the Titans?! Mason had a key punt return for a touchdown in the AFC title game vs the Jaguars that sprung the Titans into the Superbowl that year! He probably chose the Ravens because they still have the same coach he last played for there and many of the same players as when he played for the Ravens, as right now with the Titans there is complete turn over in the organization and all players since he last played there except for owner Bud Adams. Good luck to you Derrick Mason you were a player who went all out on every play is what I will remember and gave extreme effort at clutch times in games to help your team win.

  5. There is really no one left in Nashville for Mason to enjoy his retirement with.. new GM, coach, very few or maybe none of his former teammates are there, and his McNair is dead. He still has many deep relationships in Baltimore including a fan base that used to love him.

  6. Yes, Mason’s most prolific years (including Super Bowl and Pro Bowl) were with our Titans, BUT after the way our front office dissed him in ’05, there’s no way he’d retire as a Titan. And I don’t blame him, frankly.

  7. The people of Baltimore were greatly honored to have the opportunity to watch the talents and excitement that D. Mason and St. McNair brought with them. Derrick must have felt the deep respect and appreciation of our fans and must have a warm spot in his heart for Ozzie and the rest of the Ravens staff and ownership.
    Good luck in your future endeavers, Derrick…and thanks for everything!

  8. Lol people saying Mason should have retired as a Titan. It’s his choice, his life – perhaps he liked the Ravens more? He was working out with some of the Ravens receivers this past offseason, when he wasn’t even on an NFL roster.

  9. Remember, Titans fans, this isn’t a dis on Nashville. After all, Mason and his family have continued to live in Music City all these years. This is a dis on the Titans’ front office who told him to take a hike in ’05. Ironically, they hurt themselves rather than Mase, who flourished for years in Baltimore. Meanwhile, the Titans wouldn’t have a 1,000 receiver for next SIX consecutive seasons!

  10. As I recall Mase is retiring a Raven because he feels a closer connection to the organization, the players and the fans. He loved his time in Tenn but that was longer ago. As someone stated he does still live there and is tied to that area too.

    Not sureI bu it’s because Tenn treated him badly. Hell, the Ravens cut him last year. How bad as that?

    A couple of random thoughts. Who can forget him playing with one arm against the cowboys? I think that was the last Texas Stadium game. A little tough guy! And where would Kyle Boller have been without Mase? That is a joke, but kind of not a joke too.

    Enjoy retirement Mase.

  11. Still hilarious to me that the Ravens cut this guy to bring in Lee Evans. The one throw Flacco can make consistently is the comeback route on the sideline. Mason was one of the best at that route.

    Just another example of the ravens trying to prove they “rule the offseason” and failing miserably.

  12. watermelon1 says:Jun 11, 2012 6:10 PM

    Still hilarious to me that the Ravens cut this guy to bring in Lee Evans. The one throw Flacco can make consistently is the comeback route on the sideline. Mason was one of the best at that route.

    Just another example of the ravens trying to prove they “rule the offseason” and failing miserably.

    ==================================

    Yeah trading a 4th or a 5th rounder for a speedy WR was really trying to prove to the NFL that they own the offseason. Even more so than other teams giving 50 mil contracts to free agents and teams jumping up 20 picks in the draft. Get real man…

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