Owings Mills, MD – Wide receiver Derrick Mason has decided to call it a career after 15 seasons in the NFL.
"I'm done," Mason told Scout.com in a telephone interview. "I won't be playing football. I only knew one way to play football, going all-out and having fun out there."
After spending six seasons with the Ravens, Mason was cut by Baltimore prior to this year's training camp. He caught 19 passes for 170 yards in 12 combined games this season with the New York Jets and Houston Texans.
Mason is the Ravens' all-time leader in receptions (471) and yards (5,777).
The 37-year-old was selected with the 98th overall pick in the fourth round of the 1997 NFL Draft by Tennessee and spent eight seasons there before moving on to the Ravens. Over 230 games, the two-time Pro Bowl selection had 943 catches for 12,061 yards and 66 touchdowns.
He was instrumental on special teams in his early years with the Titans, returning 182 punts for 1,590 yards and two scores. He also added 3,496 yards on 156 kickoff returns and one touchdown.
"That's one thing, 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 can jump right out of the bed and go. 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."
Mason added that he plans to pursue a career in broadcasting.
"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."