Derrick Mason: ‘I’m Done’


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Derrick Mason, the all-time leading receiver for the Baltimore Ravens, announced his retirement after 15 NFL seasons.

Mason, 37, spent six seasons (2005-2010) with the Ravens hauling in 471 receptions for 5,777 yards and 29 touchdowns.

The 2011 season was a difficult one for Mason.

After being cut by the Ravens because of salary-cap reasons, Mason signed with the New York Jets and was then shipped off to the Houston Texans, where he was ultimately cut. The two-time Pro Bowl selection caught 19 passes for 170 yards this season between the two teams.

For his career, Mason finished with 943 receptions (11th all-time), 17,150 all-purpose yards (14th) and 66 touchdowns.

“I’m done,” Mason told Scout.com. “I won’t be playing football. 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.”